David Beckham, with invitation in hand, must choose between the royal wedding and the Galaxy
It is the hottest ticket of the year by far, the one global event in 2011 that anyone who is anyone wants to attend.
We are talking about the April 29 royal wedding at Westminster Abbey in London between Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton.
David Beckham, not surprisingly, is one of the 1,900 invited guests. He is up for the occasion, but he is not altogether certain he will attend. At least that's what he said Thursday.
"It's a huge thing for our country to have a royal wedding," the Galaxy's English midfielder said after training in Carson. "I'm a big royal family fan, always have been. I was brought up by my grandparents and my parents to love the royal family."
So will he go to London?
"We'll have to wait and see," Beckham said. "I'll concentrate on playing and training here. That's all I'm thinking about."
The wedding takes place two days before the Galaxy is due to play FC Dallas in Texas, complicating matters for Beckham, but the betting here is that he will be in Westminster Abbey on April 29. With a future knighthood not beyond the realm of possibility, it would be better to stiff the Galaxy than the future king of England.
Meanwhile, the Beckhams are still beaming at the fact that Victoria is expecting their fourth child, to follow the three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.
“We’re having another baby, which we’re over the moon about," Beckham said. "My wife’s five months pregnant. She’s obviously very healthy and looking after herself, and we’ve got three boys who are very happy, so it’s a big year."
Published reports have indicated that a girl is on the way, but Beckham declined to confirm that.
"We know what it is, but it's going to remain private for a while," he said. "When we're ready to tell you, we'll let you know."
-- Grahame L. Jones