David Beckham has described receiving his OBE from the Queen with his grandparents in the audience as "one of the proudest moments" of his career.
The former professional footballer, who received the honour in 2003 for his services to the sport, said it "doesn't get any better" than meeting the monarch.
His comments were made as he attended the Queen's Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace in June and will feature in ITV's Our Queen at Ninety, a documentary to mark the sovereign's 90th birthday.
"Collecting my OBE was one of the proudest moments. That day was special for me because I brought my grandparents with me, it made me proud that I could bring them to somewhere that they worshipped for their whole lives," he said.
"Meeting the Queen, it doesn't get any better than that. You can feel the emotion, I can personally feel the emotion, because I just love everything about our Queen and what she represents."
Beckham added: "We all look for role models, we all look for leaders. I'm privileged and proud that we have the number one leader."
:: ITV's Our Queen at Ninety airs on Easter Sunday at 8pm.