David Beckham has been mocked by fans after sharing a gushing tribute to the Queen over Jubilee weekend as they joked he was ‘still trying to be a knight’.
The 46-year-old former footballer, who was in the running for the commendation in 2014 until a ‘red flag’ warning from HM Revenue and Customs sunk his nomination, is said to have finally been given the green light after the clearance of his finances.
And following the news, David’s fans joked he was staying in the Queen’s good graces by sharing a tribute to her 70-year reign in an Instagram post on Thursday.
Celebration: David Beckham, 47, paid tribute to the Queen with a gushing message ahead of her platinum jubilee on Wednesday (pictured together at the Young Leaders Awards in 2016)
David shared a series of photographs on his page, including one of himself with Her Majesty at her Young Leaders Awards in 2016.
He also posted photos of the Queen at various times in her life and wrote: ‘Today we celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 70 years of inspiring service and leadership to our country.
“Let us come together and commemorate his remarkable reign with a great British celebration over the next few days.”
Gushing: Alongside photos of the Queen, he wrote: ‘Today we celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 70 years of inspiring service and leadership to our country’
Many took advantage of David’s post to do a subtle dig at the Inter Miami owner, with one person joking: ‘Still after that Knighthood Becks?’
While another playfully mocks: ‘She ain’t gonna knight homie…’
A third added: “You don’t get a knighthood, let it go.”
Other posts followed a similar pattern as the ribbed star joked amid claims that he would finally receive the much-desired knighthood.
The Sun claimed last year that the David was officially named and moved to the official list of recommendations in June.
In 2014, David was set to become a Sir in the New Year Honors List until a ‘red flag’ warning from HM Revenue and Customs sunk his nomination.
David’s involvement in an alleged tax avoidance scheme had dashed his hopes.
Iconic: David’s posts included images of the Queen as a child and photos taken during the early years of her reign as head of state
Proud: David, who received an OBE in 2003, would finally be in line for a knighthood (pictured with his OBE and Victoria in 2003)
The former footballer was one of dozens of wealthy celebrities who invested in the controversial Ingenious Media scheme to finance films and reduce personal tax for investors. HMRC has branded the scheme a tax avoidance vehicle.
But a source has now told the publication: ‘David, like many celebrities involved with Ingenious, had no knowledge of what was going on at the time.
“His team first proactively approached HMRC almost two years ago when David freed his business and then finally settled everything, once and for all, this year.”
Hopes: In 2014, David was set to become a Sir in the New Year Honors List until a ‘red flag’ warning from HM Revenue and Customs sunk his nomination (pictured in 2018)
They continued: “In 2013, David was told the only reason he was passed over for a knighthood was because of the tax fiasco. Now that it’s clarified, there’s absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t be honored.
“He would obviously be delighted to have become a knight, but he is under no illusions and will only believe it when he sees it.”
A representative for David was contacted by TSWT for comment at the time.
Looking back: A source said: ‘He would obviously be delighted to be a knight – but is under no illusions and will only believe it when he sees it’ (Photo from 2002)
The Duchess of Cambridge and her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, waved to the jubilant crowd at Trooping the Color on Thursday as they kicked off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in style.
Three cars left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family through the mall this morning, with the Duchess of Cornwall alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first car.
They were followed in the glorious sunshine by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James, Viscount Severn, and finally the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.
Trooping the Colour: Cars left Buckingham Palace carrying the Royal Family through the Mall this morning, with the Duchess of Cornwall alongside Kate Middleton and her children
Jubilee: They kicked off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in style on Thursday