Harper Beckham, the youngest child and only daughter of football superstar David Beckham and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, celebrated her sixth birthday in true princess fashion: with a tea party at Buckingham Palace.
The little princess spent the day at Buckingham Palace on 10 July with several friends and a real-life princess, Princess Eugenie.
Her adoring father captured a photo of the party guests – Harper dressed in a Cinderella costume – and shared it on social media, captioning it, “Lucky Harper meeting a real life princess at the Palace x.”
The birthday party was arranged by Sarah, Duchess of York and hosted in Prince Andrew’s private suite at Buckingham Palace.
“Just to be clear this wasn’t the palace opening the gates for Harper’s birthday party, this was a tea party where us and other guests were invited so it was a beautiful thing to do with My mum, Harper plus a few school friends… We were honoured to be able to there,” David Beckham wrote in another Instagram caption.
The birthday tea party is being scrutinised by some, pointing out that the Beckhams’ celebrity status afforded them the luxury of having Harper’s birthday at Buckingham Palace, while others are focused on the fact that Sarah Ferguson is hosting events at the Palace, especially while The Queen and Prince Philip are in Scotland.
One last picture of the birthday girl…. Just to be clear this wasn’t the palace opening the gates for Harper’s birthday party , this was a tea party where us and other guests were invited so it was a beautiful thing to do with My mum , Harper plus a few school friends… We were honored to be able to there… Beautiful tea party…. 💜
A royal insider spoke to The Sun saying, “The Queen and Prince Philip are away up in Scotland. He would never allow her to do something like this in the house when he was there – but the Queen still has a soft spot for her.
“I can’t remember an occasion when she actually hosted something at Buckingham Palace,” the source continued.
The costs of the party were reportedly paid for by Prince Andrew and not taxpayers, with the Palace commenting that “From time to time members of the Royal Family who reside at royal residences invite guests to visit them privately.”