Prince William is a Swiftie

Publish Date
Monday, 24 June 2024, 10:50AM

Looks like Prince William, Prince George, 10, and Princess Charlotte, 9 had the best night at The Eras Tour.

As soon as the pop star’s hit song Shake it Off began, the Prince of Wales was on his feet throwing it back.

The Royals were among 90,000 other Swifties.

After the concert, Swift and Travis Kelce, her American NFL footballer boyfriend, invited the trio backstage.

Kensington Palace replied with a similar picture on X

The Princess of Wales stayed at home with Prince Louis, 6.

The Royal family had earlier even welcomed Swift to London by posting a video of a special Changing of the Guard performance of Shake It Off. It featured the caption: “Can’t stop, won’t stop groovin’”.

The Prince has known Swift for at least 10 years.

In 2013, she encouraged him to take to the stage with her and Jon Bon Jovi to perform the hit Livin’ On A Prayer. The unlikely musical collaboration took place at the Centrepoint Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace in November that year. Footage of that clip also went viral.

Bon Jovi, frontman for the American band of the same name, said: “It was all her. She literally grabbed him by the arm and ran up on stage, and they both knew the words and sang along.”

Two years ago, the Prince revealed that he had agreed to join them on stage because he became like a “puppy” when she told him to follow her.

Swift’s Wembley gig, the first in the capital for the tour, was attended by numerous celebrities including Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and model Cara Delevingne.

Sir Keir Starmer took a break from the UK Labour election campaign and attended the concert with his wife Victoria. The pair posted a photo of them on social media with the caption “‘Swift’ campaign pitstop”.

The hugely anticipated gig marks the first of three London dates on Swift’s The Eras Tour. She opened the show by saying: “What better way to spend a Friday night than in the most exhilarating city in the world?”

However, the singer had to interrupt her set four times to try and get security to intervene after a number of fans fainted.

Transport for London also recognised the singer’s visit to the capital with a Taylor Swift version of the Tube map.

The revised map of the London Underground network replaces the names of regular stations and lines with references to Swift’s music.

Prince William was understood to have been back on father duty on Saturday. The Prince and Princess of Wales were expected to attend the school sports day at Lambrook, Berkshire. The Wales children are apparently very keen on sport, with Prince George an able footballer and Princess Charlotte a talented cricketer.

First published on NZ Herald, republished here with permission and edits.

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