WATCH: Prince William 'Shake It Off' at Taylor Swift's London concert


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Prince William with two of his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, taking a selfie with Taylor Swift backstage. Photo: Kensington Royal/X

American pop sensation Taylor Swift got the London leg of her The Eras tour off to a good start, with Britain’s Prince William posting a backstage picture of them on social media on June 22.

After celebrating his 42nd birthday on June 21 at Swift’s Wembley Stadium concert with his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, William posted their backstage selfie.

“Thank you @taylorswift for a great evening,” he wrote.

Swift seemed equally enamoured, posting a photo with the three royals and her boyfriend, American football star Travis Kelce. It also marked the first time the singer and Kelce, both 34, have appeared together in an official social media post.

“Happy Bday M8! London shows are off to a splendid start,” she wrote on social media on June 22.

A widely shared video on social media appeared to show William, who is the heir to the throne, dancing energetically to Swift’s hit single Shake It Off (2014).

Also among the nearly 90,000 fans packed into the stadium was Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, who was with his wife Victoria Alexander.

Starmer, who after July’s general election could be Britain’s next prime minister, said on June 22 that Swift “was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic”.

“I know I will be asked what is my favourite song and I am not going to pretend I have got every album and know every song,” he told reporters on the campaign trail.

“Although Change is the one for obvious reasons,” he added, referring to the word which is also his election campaign slogan.

Swift is currently touring Britain as part of the Europe leg of her Eras tour. She performs three shows in London from June 21 to 23 before returning to the British capital again in August for five more concerts.

She has already played shows in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff, and will be heading to Dublin next.

The London Mayor’s office announced on June 20 that the eight Eras tour performances in London would generate £300mil for the city’s economy.

In the lead-up to the concert on June 21, London mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled several murals dedicated to Swift, as well as a special Tube map with stations named after her songs to mark the tour. – AFP

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