DAVID Beckham gave the King a jar of honey produced at his Cotswold home.

Golden Balls met His Majesty King Charles III at an event hosted by the British Fashion Council.

The newly coronated King was in attendance to present the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Becks took the opportunity to present him with a jar of honey, produced at his mansion in Great Tew, near Chipping Norton.

The King, who has kept beehives at his royal estates, thanked him and joked: “We shall have to do a swap.”

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Cotswold Journal: The King shaking David Beckham's handThe King shaking David Beckham's hand (Image: Jonathan Brady/PA)

Beckham is said to have fallen in love with beekeeping during lockdown and built a £500 hive in the garden of his Cotswolds home.

As the BFC’s ambassadorial president, he showed the King items from the organisation’s New Gen initiative, which supports emerging talent.

Speaking before the event he said he felt “excited” to meet the King, describing himself as a big admirer of the royal family and of fashion, since he was a youngster.

The inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was presented to Richard Quinn in February 2018 when the late Queen made her first visit to London Fashion Week.

This year’s award was given to Sierra Leonean designer Foday Dumbuya, founder and creative director of fashion label Labrum London.

Speaking to a room packed with designers, the King said: “Ladies and gentlemen, I am sorry if I kept you waiting a little bit. There were too many fascinating young designers downstairs.

“I wanted to use this moment to congratulate all those who I know are working so hard having been through their colleges.

“I do hope you do really well and I shall be watching from a distance.”

The King offered an “enormous congratulations” to Mr Dumbuya, who said he hoped to inspire young people from Sierra Leone and London to follow their dreams.

The King admired Mr Dumbuya’s items in his design workshop, where he high-fived his two-year-old son, Idris, joking: “You did very well to recognise me.”