SPICE Girl Mel B cuddled bandmate Victoria Beckham as she gushed over her pal's "enormous generosity."
The singer, 46, dubbed Scary Spice in the band's heyday, gave fans an insight into Posh's efforts to make the day she was bestowed an MBE extra special.
She was made an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
At the special ceremony Mel, who wore a red dress designed by the Spice Girls' fashionista Victoria, curtsied to the Duke of Cambridge as she received her gong.
Yet after the royal award, she revealed the extent of the pair's close friendship in a touching post on her Instagram page, showing a huge congratulations cake.
The dessert was covered in icing and rainbow sprinkles, with the phrase To Melanie MBE iced on the top.
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Victoria and Mel could also be seen sharing a cuddle at the table as they continued the celebrations.
In a touching caption, Mel told fans: "My spice sister Vic, I can’t thank you enough for your enormous generosity.
"Not only did you dress me and my mum but you surprised me by actually being there to fit us…….it was just soooooooo special thanks to YOU and your fabulousness.
"Honestly what a perfect ending to a magical day you booked a lovely dinner together with both our families wowza 25 years of friendship and we still like each other haha I love you lots."
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During her special day, Women's Aid patron Mel said the honour was not for her but instead for the women killed by their partners.
It came after she bravely opened up to The Sun last year about her own abuse ordeal.
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."
The ceremony was doubly poignant for Mel as she posed with mum Andrea outside the Palace.
The pair fell out in 2008 following the star's marriage to Stephen Belafonte, who Mel claimed emotionally and physically abused her.
After their split in 2017, Andrea tweeted: "4 the 1st time in almost 10yrs I can go 2 bed knowing my daughter and the kids r safe no more abuse 4 any of us."
Asked about her conversation with William, she said: "He commended me on all my work that I've been doing, and he goes, 'I'm so sorry you went through such a horrible time.'
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"He did say, 'I can't believe I'm giving you one of these – I'm delighted', and I said, 'Aw thank you' and we had a giggle."
She also hinted at more to come from the Spice Girls, adding: "There's so much stuff but I don't want to say anything until it's actually happening and I don't want to jinx myself and I always blurt everything out first, so I'm keeping quiet this time – revelling in this moment."
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