Beckham host cup bash
Updated: 2006-05-22 15:33
David and Victoria Beckham welcomed around 300 people to their pre-World Cup
Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney was one of the first
guests to arrive at the "Full Length & Fabulous" event being held at the
Beckhams' home at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire in England.
David Beckham - captain of Team
Onlookers were disappointed to discover that most guests arriving for the
party were hidden behind the blacked-out windows of people carriers.
The Beckhams treated guests to a stunning aerobatics display as they arrived
at Beckingham Palace.
A four-strong stunt team of former RAF Red Arrows, called the Blades, flew
overhead as guests arrived. Each plane had a wing emblazoned with a St George's
The Blades replaced a planned flypast by the RAF Memorial Flight, made up of
a Second World War Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster bomber.
The flypast was cancelled at the Beckhams' request after criticism of the use
of Second World War aircraft to mark a tournament to be held in Germany.
The Beckhams staged a similar event four years ago prior to the 1992 World
Other sporting celebrities seen arriving at the party included former England
Rugby Union captain Will Carling, Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, Formula 1
driver Jenson Button, former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne, Manchester
United defender Gary Neville, golfer Nick Faldo, former England striker Alan
Shearer and Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.
Among the non-sporting celebrities: models Kate Moss, Jordan and Elle
MacPherson, The Osbournes, Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah Ferguson, Ben
Elton and fashion designers Valentino and Roberto Cavalli.
Robbie Williams and US soul legend James Brown were both invited to perform.