The Spice Girls at 25: Here’s the story from A to Z
Released 25 years ago, on 8 July 1996, Wannabe spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four in the US. In the process, it made five unknown girls – Victoria Caroline Adams, Melanie Janine Brown, Emma Lee Bunton, Melanie Jayne Chisholm and Geraldine Estelle Halliwell – global superstars.
So here’s a story from A to Z of how the band started, rose to fame, fell apart and put themselves back together again. Because which member of our LGBT+ Community does not love the Spice Girls?!?
R is for Royalty
According to a definitely-not-made-up story in The Sun in 1996, a teenage Prince William was so besotted with the Spice Girls that he tore down his Pamela Anderson poster and replaced it with one of Emma Bunton. He later popped into the Windsor branch of Our Price and bought a copy of their debut album using a bank note with his grandmother’s face on it.
When Emma asked after William at a Prince’s Trust gig later, Prince Charles reportedly quipped: “Don’t be a cradle snatcher.”
It was at that same show where Geri reportedly squeezed the buttocks of the future King of England.
“I pinch everyone’s bottom. Why am I going to stop at the prince?” she reckoned.
“I think he quite enjoyed it,” added Mel C. “So we didn’t really get in trouble.”
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