Giddy Mel B beams as she curtsies to Prince William while receiving MBE in front of proud mum

A GIDDY Mel B beamed as she was made an MBE by Prince William today.

The former Spice Girl was joined by her proud mum Andrea to receive the royal honour at Buckingham Palace in the first major investiture at the Queen's London residence since the start of the pandemic.

British pop star and TV personality Mel, real name Melanie Brown, rose to prominence as Scary Spice during the 1990s.

She featured on chart-topping hits Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life and later became a patron of the charity Women's Aid.

She was made an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.

But Mel said the honour was not for her but for the women killed bytheir partners instead.


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In an interview with The Sun last year, she said: "I went through a horrendous abusive marriage which nearly killed me.

"I got out of it and ever since I’ve tried to help other women — and men — who have been through or are going through abuse in whatever shape or form.

"And there was this letter saying the Prime Minister had spoken to the Queen about giving me an MBE.

"I thought about all the women I’ve met over the past few years who have been through terrible situations, women who have died, women who are still suffering. This, for me, was all about them. It still is."

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Mel, dressed in red, curtsied to the Duke of Cambridge as she received her gong.

Watford Football Club manager Roy Hodgson, 74, who was England boss during a four-year stint from 2012 to 2016, also received his honour at the ceremony.

Hodgson was made a CBE in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to football.

Others collecting awards include radio presenter Simon Mayo and actress Ruth Wilson.

Paralympians Chris Ryan and Thomas Young will also be honoured.

Mayo, 63, joined the BBC in 1982 and has since worked for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 2.

The presenter, who has also written six novels and hosted a critically acclaimed film review show with Mark Kermode, was made an MBE in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his service to broadcasting and charity.


Meanwhile, Wilson, 40, who has starred in hit TV series such as The Affair and Luther and won two Olivier awards, will also be honoured on Wednesday.

The actress was made an MBE in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to drama.

She will be joined by wheelchair rugby player Ryan, 30, who was part of the GB team that won gold at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021.

He was made an MBE for services to wheelchair rugby in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

Fellow Paralympian Young, who won the gold medal in the men's 100 metres T38 event in Tokyo, will receive his award as well.

The 21-year-old was also made an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to athletics.

The last investiture at the palace was on March 12, 2020, just before the first lockdown, and was conducted by the Prince of Wales, who opted for a namaste as he greeted recipients in a bid to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

A week earlier, the Queen had chosen to wear long white gloves as she carried out an investiture.

The Palace has been undergoing a 10-year £369 million renovation project to update the essential services in the historic building, but work has been phased for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "The Reservicing Programme has been phased to allow for key events to be delivered at Buckingham Palace throughout the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including investitures in the State Rooms, and Garden Parties."

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Investitures will continue to take place at both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace over the summer.

The change does not represent a permanent return to investitures at the Palace because the building project is yet to be completed.

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