David Beckham embraces Cotswolds country living as he takes on ambassador role for The King

The iconic footballer teams up with The King to highlight charity education programmes and efforts to ensure young people have greater access to nature, with a trip to Highgrove Gardens in Gloucestershire to find out all about it.

By Emma Luther  |  Published

Having developed a love for the Cotswolds countryside, David Beckham is on a mission to learn more about rural skills as he steps into a new role of ambassador for The King’s Foundation.

He recently visited Highgrove Gardens near Tetbury to meet King Charles III to learn more about the work of the foundation and to see, first-hand, the charity’s education programmes that take place at specialist workshops in Gloucestershire.

David, who lives in the Cotswolds, met King’s Foundation students participating in woodworking courses at the Snowdon School of Furniture, and embroidery students enrolled on the Métiers d’art Embroidery Fellowship delivered in partnership with CHANEL and Le19M.

On taking up his new role as ambassador, David said: 'I’m excited to be working with The King’s Foundation and to have the opportunity to help raise awareness of the charity’s work.

'I’ve always been keen to help young people to expand their horizons and I’m particularly looking forward to supporting the Foundation’s education programmes and its efforts to ensure young people have greater access to nature.

'Having developed a love for the countryside I’m also on a personal mission to learn more about rural skills which is so central to the Foundation’s work.

'It was inspiring to hear from The King about the work of His Majesty’s Foundation during my recent visit to Highgrove Gardens — and compare beekeeping tips!'

Chief executive of The King’s Foundation, Kristina Murrin, said: 'We are delighted to welcome David Beckham to The King’s Foundation family as an ambassador.

'We look forward to working with David over the coming months and years, to share the good work of the Foundation with a wider audience.'

The Prince’s Foundation offers a range of education and training programmes for all ages and backgrounds, from traditional arts and heritage craft skills, to architecture and design, science, engineering, horticulture, wellbeing and hospitality. Programmes take place nationally and internationally.

Working with communities and partners around the country and the world, The Prince’s Foundation practises and champions a sustainable approach to living and building communities.

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