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Beckham honoured by Queen Elizabeth II

English soccer star David Beckham received a prestigious honour from the Queen on Thursday.

The captain of England's national team was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the game of soccer.

The Queen also engaged the stylish midfielder, who plays for Spanish champions Real Madrid, in conversation as she pinned the red-ribboned award on his left lapel.

"Amazing," he told reporters. "It's great to receive an honour for playing (soccer), for something I love doing."

Beckham, 28, enlightened reporters as to the substance of his brief chat with the Queen.

"She said it's a great honour for her to be giving me the award," revealed Beckham. "She asked me about travelling back and forward playing (soccer) and I said it's not a problem. I said it's a great honour to be here with Her Majesty."

Although Beckham has won six Premier League championships, two FA Cups and one European Cup title with Manchester United, he said receiving the OBE was the biggest honour of his career.

"This is probably the best I've received so far. It's an amazing day for me."

The award comes one day after Beckham scored a goal on one of his trademark bending free kicks, helping Real Madrid defeat French side Olympique Marseille 2-1 in Champions League play.

Beckham left Manchester United for Real Madrid this past summer on a 24.5 million-pound transfer.