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1959: the footballer Billy Wright visits his equally celebrated wife, Joy, at the London Clinic to see his baby daughter Victoria Anne. Billy was about to make his 100th appearance for England, Joy was a star of the popular singing trio The Beverley Sisters. At this happy time, what could be more natural than to invite in the Press for a family picture?

1999: David Beckham, modern footballer, outside the Portland Hospital after his fiancee, the Spice Girl singing star

Victoria Adams, gave birth to their son, Brooklyn Joseph. Family snaps of the happy threesome may take a little longer: they are reported to have done a pounds 1m deal with OK! magazine for wedding and "at home" shots.