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Victoria Beckham receives OBE from Prince William

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Image caption Victoria Beckham said she felt "honoured and humbled" to receive her OBE

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has received an OBE from Prince William for services to the fashion industry.

Victoria, who was joined by her husband and parents for the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, was recognised for her 17-year career.

Former heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was made a Dame, and celebrated actor Mark Rylance received a knighthood.

David Beckham, former England football captain, was made an OBE in 2003.

On being given the title, Victoria said: "It was an absolute pleasure to be at Buckingham Palace today. I'm proud to be British, honoured and humbled to receive my OBE from the Duke of Cambridge.

"If you dream big and work hard you can accomplish great things.

"I'm so happy to share this very special occasion with my parents and husband; without their love and support, none of this would be possible."

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Image caption Victoria launched her fashion label in 2008 and by 2011, she had won designer brand of the year at the British Fashion Awards

Earlier this year, several of the British press printed details of leaked emails in which David Beckham criticised the honours system and the honours committee.

A spokesman for David Beckham said at the time that the emails were "hacked", "doctored" and "private".

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Image caption Jessica said she felt "very privileged" and hoped to inspire and encourage people into sport

Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from athletics in October 2016 and says she is looking forward to being a spectator at the World Championships this summer.

"I've had more than I could ever imagine out of my career so I can't stand here receiving a damehood and wish for any more - it's been incredible.

"For me, I'm in a very privileged position, having achieved what I've achieved, and hopefully I can just inspire people and encourage people that being sporty and healthy is a great way to go", she said.

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Image caption The Academy and Tony award-winning actor Mark Rylance was knighted for his services to theatre
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Image caption Joanna Worsley received an award on behalf of her late husband, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, who died during a solo trek across Antarctica
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Image caption Meanwhile equestrian and five-time Paralympic champion Sophie Christiansen was awarded a CBE
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Image caption The first black winner of the Turner prize, Christopher Ofili, was also awarded a CBE for his services to art

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