The former Spice Girl was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

LONDON — It was a posh day at the palace for former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.

The pop singer turned fashion designer was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on Wednesday.

Prince William presented the award at Buckingham Palace.

"I'm proud to be British," she said in a statement.

She was accompanied by her parents and her husband, retired soccer star David Beckham. The couple's four children did not attend.

The 43-year-old Victoria Beckham has made a success of her fashion line despite initial skepticism about her ability to cross over from singing to design.

Olympics star Jessica Ennis-Hill and award-winning actor Mark Rylance also received honors.



Prince's estate sues sound engineer 

MINNEAPOLIS — Prince's estate is claiming a sound engineer who worked with the musician on five tracks in 2006 is threatening to release the unpublished material and has no right to do so.

The estate and Paisley Park Enterprises have sued George Ian Boxill, alleging he's trying to exploit the songs for personal gain. They say Boxill has no right to the recordings, and they're demanding he return them.

Attorneys for Boxill didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit says a 2004 confidentiality agreement shows Boxill agreed that all recordings would remain Prince's sole and exclusive property. Prince sings and plays guitar and keyboard on the tracks. Court documents say the recordings, including one called "Deliverance," are worth more than $75,000.

Prince died on April 21 of a drug overdose.


Warren launches book tour

NEW YORK — She wasn't in her home state, but U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren couldn't have asked for a friendlier audience to launch her book tour.

The Massachusetts Democrat entered and left to warm ovations Tuesday night at the Barnes & Noble in Manhattan's Union Square, where she spoke about "This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class."

More than 200 people gathered as Warren, one of the country's leading progressives, read a few pages and responded to written questions, most of them focused on issues such as health care, the environment and the role of unions.

The appearance felt as much like a political rally as an author reading, with Warren pacing about the stage instead of standing behind the lectern. Many cheered as she called for ongoing resistance to President Donald Trump and condemned Republicans for caring only about the wealthy. When Warren asked how many had attended one of the women's marches held the day after Trump's inauguration, dozens raised their hands. Warren also jokingly referred to her "nerdiness" whenever she cited statistics, and noted that when she offered "facts," she didn't mean "alternative facts."

"I never thought I'd have to start using a modifier for 'facts,'" she said.

"This Fight is Our Fight" is Warren's 11th book and ranked No. 42 on as of late Tuesday. The book, like her talk at Barnes & Noble, didn't place any blame for the Democrats' loss in 2016 and instead emphasized the struggles of the middle class.


The Associated Press