Prince Charles meets the Spice Girls at London charity event

Their ‘cheeky’ first meeting in 1997 became one of the most iconic moments in pop culture history.

And Prince Charles was reunited with Geri Horner (née Halliwell) on Thursday evening as the Spice Girls descended on London for a star-studded fundraiser event.

The Prince of Wales is meeting ambassadors of his charity, The Prince’s Trust, at a glitzy soirée attended by stars including diver Tom Daley.

Suited and booted, Charles arrived at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand tonight to meet supporters of the organisation including Melanie Brown and Emma Bunton of the newly-reformed pop group.

Prince Charles met with Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner (pictured left to right) during a Prince's Trust 'Invest In Futures' reception at The Savoy Hotel in London tonight 

Prince Charles met with Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner (pictured left to right) during a Prince's Trust 'Invest In Futures' reception at The Savoy Hotel in London tonight 

Prince Charles met with Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner (pictured left to right) during a Prince’s Trust ‘Invest In Futures’ reception at The Savoy Hotel in London tonight 

Did she or didn't she? The now-infamous moment that saw Geri Halliwell appear to pinch Prince Charles' bottom in Manchester, May 1997 - a claim she has since denied

Did she or didn't she? The now-infamous moment that saw Geri Halliwell appear to pinch Prince Charles' bottom in Manchester, May 1997 - a claim she has since denied

Did she or didn’t she? The now-infamous moment that saw Geri Halliwell appear to pinch Prince Charles’ bottom in Manchester, May 1997 – a claim she has since denied

Geri Horner (Halliwell) who was accompanied by her husband Christian Horner to the Prince's Trust reception night in London spoke with the Prince of Wales ahead of highly anticipated shows where she is set to reunite with fellow Spice Girls members 

Geri Horner (Halliwell) who was accompanied by her husband Christian Horner to the Prince's Trust reception night in London spoke with the Prince of Wales ahead of highly anticipated shows where she is set to reunite with fellow Spice Girls members 

Geri Horner (Halliwell) who was accompanied by her husband Christian Horner to the Prince’s Trust reception night in London spoke with the Prince of Wales ahead of highly anticipated shows where she is set to reunite with fellow Spice Girls members 

Tonight’s event has been organised to celebrate the trust’s Invest in Future initiative, which has encouraged donors to help disadvantaged people into work, training or enterprise.

During the visit Charles will meet the Trust’s young ambassadors before speaking to its celebrity ambassadors and supporters, which include Olympic bronze medallist Daley.

He will then pause to watch performances by British neo-soul singer Laura Mvula and Scottish pop rock band Texas.

Emma Bunton, Geri Horner, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm, announced last year that they are reuniting for a string of shows as the Spice Girls, without Victoria Beckham.

Charles founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help the vulnerable young get their lives back on track, and has a history of recruiting recognisable names as ambassadors.

Previously the trust has recruited figures such as Idris Elba and Rita Ora.

The Prince of Wales shared a joke with Stephanie Lowe, her husband Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton (pictured left to right) during the reception which encourages donors to help disadvantaged young people into work, training or enterprise 

The Prince of Wales shared a joke with Stephanie Lowe, her husband Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton (pictured left to right) during the reception which encourages donors to help disadvantaged young people into work, training or enterprise 

The Prince of Wales shared a joke with Stephanie Lowe, her husband Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton (pictured left to right) during the reception which encourages donors to help disadvantaged young people into work, training or enterprise 

Charles who founded The Prince's Trust in 1976 beamed in black-tie as he spoke with the celebrity guests including Stephanie Lowe, Philip Schofield and Fearne Cotton

Charles who founded The Prince's Trust in 1976 beamed in black-tie as he spoke with the celebrity guests including Stephanie Lowe, Philip Schofield and Fearne Cotton

Charles who founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976 beamed in black-tie as he spoke with the celebrity guests including Stephanie Lowe, Philip Schofield and Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton wore her hair tied back to reveal a ruffle detail silk dress at the black-tie event which saw celebrities including Philip Schofield speak to the Prince of Wales

Fearne Cotton wore her hair tied back to reveal a ruffle detail silk dress at the black-tie event which saw celebrities including Philip Schofield speak to the Prince of Wales

Fearne Cotton wore her hair tied back to reveal a ruffle detail silk dress at the black-tie event which saw celebrities including Philip Schofield speak to the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles took time to speak with celebrity ambassadors and supporters of the Prince's Trust including Fearne Cotton at tonight's reception in London

Prince Charles took time to speak with celebrity ambassadors and supporters of the Prince's Trust including Fearne Cotton at tonight's reception in London

Prince Charles took time to speak with celebrity ambassadors and supporters of the Prince’s Trust including Fearne Cotton at tonight’s reception in London

Actress Eleanor Tomlinson dazzled in an emerald gown teamed with a black clutch bag as other celebrities watched her interact with Charles at the reception held at The Savoy Hotel

Actress Eleanor Tomlinson dazzled in an emerald gown teamed with a black clutch bag as other celebrities watched her interact with Charles at the reception held at The Savoy Hotel

Actress Eleanor Tomlinson dazzled in an emerald gown teamed with a black clutch bag as other celebrities watched her interact with Charles at the reception held at The Savoy Hotel

British actress Eleanor Tomlinson is best known for starring in Poldark and Colette, she appeared relaxed as she spoke with the Prince of Wales 

British actress Eleanor Tomlinson is best known for starring in Poldark and Colette, she appeared relaxed as she spoke with the Prince of Wales 

British actress Eleanor Tomlinson is best known for starring in Poldark and Colette, she appeared relaxed as she spoke with the Prince of Wales 

The Prince of Wales took time for a group photo alongside ambassadors and supporters of the Prince's Trust including British recording artists Laura Mvula at tonight's 'Invest In Futures' Reception at The Savoy Hotel

The Prince of Wales took time for a group photo alongside ambassadors and supporters of the Prince's Trust including British recording artists Laura Mvula at tonight's 'Invest In Futures' Reception at The Savoy Hotel

The Prince of Wales took time for a group photo alongside ambassadors and supporters of the Prince’s Trust including British recording artists Laura Mvula at tonight’s ‘Invest In Futures’ Reception at The Savoy Hotel

Laura Mvula (pictured left) paired a silky powder pink dress with pointed gold heels as she spoke with guests at the Prince's Trust reception tonight in London including Prince Charles who founded the charity

Laura Mvula (pictured left) paired a silky powder pink dress with pointed gold heels as she spoke with guests at the Prince's Trust reception tonight in London including Prince Charles who founded the charity

Laura Mvula (pictured left) paired a silky powder pink dress with pointed gold heels as she spoke with guests at the Prince’s Trust reception tonight in London including Prince Charles who founded the charity

British actress Felicity Kendal and her son Jacob Rudman (pictured right) were among the celebrity attendees who showed their support to the Prince Trust which was founded to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

British actress Felicity Kendal and her son Jacob Rudman (pictured right) were among the celebrity attendees who showed their support to the Prince Trust which was founded to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

British actress Felicity Kendal and her son Jacob Rudman (pictured right) were among the celebrity attendees who showed their support to the Prince Trust which was founded to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Charles arrives at the Prince's Trust reception at The Savoy, London tonight. Over the past 13 years, the annual fundraiser has encouraged donors to help disadvantaged young people

Charles arrives at the Prince's Trust reception at The Savoy, London tonight. Over the past 13 years, the annual fundraiser has encouraged donors to help disadvantaged young people

Charles arrives at the Prince’s Trust reception at The Savoy, London tonight. Over the past 13 years, the annual fundraiser has encouraged donors to help disadvantaged young people

His royal cheekiness! The day Prince Charles met the Spice Girls including THAT ‘bottom pinch’

Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, made headlines around the world when she reportedly pinched the Prince of Wales’ bottom in May 1997.

The following year, after Geri sensationally quit the group, Charles wrote to her expressing his sadness at her departure: ‘The group will not be the same without you.”

‘What will I do without your wonderfully friendly greeting?’

 Prince Charles with the Spice Girls at the Manchester Opera House for a Royal Gala Performance to Celebrate the 21st Anniversary Of The Prince's Trust Charity

 Prince Charles with the Spice Girls at the Manchester Opera House for a Royal Gala Performance to Celebrate the 21st Anniversary Of The Prince's Trust Charity

 Prince Charles with the Spice Girls at the Manchester Opera House for a Royal Gala Performance to Celebrate the 21st Anniversary Of The Prince’s Trust Charity

The Prince of Wales met the Spice Girls again in November 1997 when he travelled to South Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela. Mandela called it 'one of the greatest moments in my life'

The Prince of Wales met the Spice Girls again in November 1997 when he travelled to South Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela. Mandela called it 'one of the greatest moments in my life'

The Prince of Wales met the Spice Girls again in November 1997 when he travelled to South Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela. Mandela called it ‘one of the greatest moments in my life’

But more than 20 years later Geri insisted the reality was quite different, saying in a 2016 interview: ‘I didn’t pinch Prince Charles’s bum, as was reported. I patted it.

‘Patting him on the bottom was against royal protocol but we’re all human. It was the premiere of our film, Spice World, in the late Nineties. There was a lot of nervous energy – young women, happy antics.’

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