Monday, December 7, 1998 Published at 16:09 GMT
Spicing up the Royal Variety Performance
Prince Charles and the Spice Girls are old friends
The Prince of Wales will be entertained by the Spice Girls once again on Monday night - when he is guest of honour at this year's Royal Variety Performance.
The annual showcase of international talent, which is in its 77th year, is taking place at London's Lyceum Theatre.
Only a few weeks ago Prince Charles was serenaded by the ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell at the Lyceum, when she sang at a special gala for his 50th birthday.
Savage will also be making the audience giggle in the comedy segments of the show, helped by comedian Phil Cool and runner-up in the 1998 Perrier Awards, Peter Kay.
Also on the topping the bill are the teenage band B*witched and the ever-popular Barry Manilow.
The Boyzone lead singer, Ronan Keating, is co-hosting the evening with Ulrika Jonsson. The event is to be broadcast on BBC ONE on 20 December.
The annual event is always staged in aid of the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund and over the years a host of talented stars have taken part.
It is a glittering occasion where formal evening dress is often the norm. In 1963 John Lennon was reported to have cheekily told the audience that those in the cheap seats should just clap while the others in the house could show their appreciation by rattling their jewellery.
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