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David Beckham; Victoria Beckham

by Dean Freeman
chromogenic print, April 1999
19 5/8 in. x 14 1/2 in. (497 mm x 367 mm)
Given by Dean Freeman, 2001
Photographs Collection
NPG x88700

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  • Dean Freeman (1963-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 1 portrait.

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Dean Freeman is the son of the legendary 1960s photographer Bob Freeman, most celebrated for his iconic portrait of The Beatles in black polo neck sweaters for the cover of their album With The Beatles. Dean Freeman was official photographer to the Spice Girls and this portrait of the Beckhams was taken for the best-selling book David Beckham My World (2000).

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Following referendums in 1997, The Scottish Parliament is opened and Welsh Assembly established in 1999. The new Scottish Parliament has the powers to pass legislation and alter tax. The Welsh Assembly currently has less legislative authority but controls a budget for Wales and can amend legislation passed by Westminster.
The House of Lords Act removes all but 92 Hereditary Lords from the second chamber.

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Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's film, Shakespeare in Love wins the Oscar for Best Picture. The film, starring Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and Colin Firth, among other British screen stars, provides a fictitious account of the events that inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet.


NATO begins a bombing campaign against the government of Yugoslavia following the breakdown of the Rambouillet Accords that attempted to grant Kosovo autonomy within Serbia under NATO administration. After nearly three months of bombing, Slobodan Milosevic agreed to allow a peacekeeping force to enter Kosovo and the province was placed under a United Nations Interim Administration.

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