Taylor Swift poses for a royal selfie with Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Taylor Swift just given Prince William birthday gift that most teenage girls can only dream of. Prince of Wales, who turns 42 on Friday, spent his birthday evening with Swift and about 90,000 others, all of whom were at Wembley Stadium for the first of three stops in London for Swift’s Eras Tour. And unlike his brother’s concert-going behavior, Prince HarryWilliam is not afraid to shake his tail feathers at the show.

The royal family laid claim to Taylor Swift even before the lights went down at Wembley. During the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday, passersby were treated to a much less traditional tune: Swift’s “Shake It Off,” performed by palace troops. Via X(formerly Twitter), the royal family tweeted a video of the performance saying: “Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving” (For those unfamiliar, those are lyrics from the nearly 10-year-old lead single from Swift’s album, 1989.) “Changing of the Guard (Taylor’s Version),” the video captioned.

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Taylor Swift performs on stage in “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom, on June 21, 2024.

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That night, thousands of fans flocked to Wembley for Swift’s first London stop, just days after Swift announced that her long-running Eras Tour would be really, really going. ends in December. “This has definitely been the most exhausting, most comprehensive, yet most fun, most rewarding, most wonderful thing that has ever happened in my life,” she said at her 100th Era show in Liverpool on last week. “This is the first time I’ve admitted to myself that this tour is going to end in December,” she said. “Like, that’s it.”

Perhaps that ticking clock is why the stands were packed with celebrities, including longtime celebrities. You are fast Cara Delevingne, Salma HayekAnd Nicola Coughlan. Politicians such as the Labor Party leader Keir Starmer and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan were also spotted at the show. Swift’s boyfriend is a Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelcewho just The day before was so hectic to promote his podcast with his brother Jason Kelce at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, also made the trip from France to attend the concert.

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Taylor Swift chats with a young fan as she performs on stage in “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom, on June 21, 2024.

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But all of that pales in comparison to Prince William, who along with his older children, Prince George And Princess Charlotte, watched the show from its own box. And if videos posted to social media are any indication that he’s having a good time, jump up to jump as the tune “Shake it Off” filled the stadium. His carpet-cutting movements were a complete contrast to his brother’s attitude at that time. Beyoncélast fall’s Renaissance tour, in which Prince Harry stood motionless and checked his phone during the concert.

Before the show, William and the kids went backstage, where they took a selfie featuring Swift with the singer and Kelce, who stood next to the soccer-loving prince. “Happy birthday M8!” Swift captioned the photo inside a post to Instagram. “The London shows are off to a great start.”

The second photo, this one depicting Swift posing for a photo without Kelce with the royal family, is posted to Instagram account William shared with his wife Kate Middleton. “Thank you @taylorswift for a wonderful evening!” the royals captioned a photo of Swift with a smiling William, George and Charlotte.


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