Prince Charles will meet President Jiang Zemin minutes before the handover ceremony begins. They are expected to be joined by premier Li Peng in what sources said would be a last attempt at a private 'goodwill' send-off before the military formality of the handover. It will be the first meeting between the British royal family and the Chinese leadership since the Queen and Deng Xiaoping met in Beijing in 1986. 'Both leaders will be expected to shake hands and outline their hopes for the future,' one official close to the meeting said. 'It is not intended to be a formal meeting but rather a goodwill gesture, an act of courtesy. 'There will be little room for face-to-face contact during the meeting itself.' Instead, outstanding issues will be hammered out at a meeting earlier in the evening. British Prime Minister Tony Blair will travel to the Chinese delegation headquarters at the Harbour Plaza Hotel in Hunghom for talks with Mr Jiang and Mr Li. President Jiang will then be ferried to Wan Chai to meet Prince Charles in an antechamber off the new wing of the handover venue, the Convention and Exhibition Centre. It follows a 90-minute British banquet for 4,000 people in which Foreign Secretary Robin Cook will host his Chinese counterpart Qian Qichen, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and his wife Betty.