The ever popular singer, Taylor Swift, teamed up with Prince William on Tuesday, to sing Livin’ on a Prayer with rocker, Jon Bon Jovi. The surprise performance was at a charity dinner called “Winter White Gala” in Kensington Place in London.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Swift said she was absolutely excited to perform live at the gala.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played at a palace before, so it’s really wonderful,” Swift said.
Swift then went on to praise the hosts for doing an amazing job putting the event together. The event was hosted by Centrepoint, a charity group that the Duke of Cambridge has been working with since 2005. Proceeds from the dinner will go to benefitting at-risk youth. Roughly 600 people were said to be present at the charity dinner and concert, with the biggest donors to Centrepoint being in attendance.
Besides singing with Prince William and Bon Jovi, Swift performed her hits, Fifteen and I Knew You Were Trouble. Swift also performed her hit, Love Story, which contains lyrical references to princes, princesses, and palaces. Taylor thought it was very strange that she ended up performing her song at a real palace.
Swift introduced herself to the crowd and politely thanked the Prince and the crowd for inviting her to the event. The singer acknowledged that the event supported a good cause, as it called attention to teens and young adults that are having a tough time coping with all that they have to endure in a modern world.
Swift referred back to her own youth when she said, “When I was 15 and I didn’t get my way or invited to something or got rejected, which was a lot, I used to sit in my room and write songs.”
Prince William chatted with all the performers that were present that night. Swift later said that she was very happy that she shared a sense of humor with the Prince. She has been known for having a dry sense of humor in the past.
During her royal performance, Swift wore a gown designed by Jenny Packham, which made the talented young artist look like a princess standing next to Prince William.
The Prince attended the gala without his wife, Catherine. The Duchess of Cambridge was home looking after Prince George, the royal couple’s 4-month-old son.
Prince Harry was also not in attendance at the charity dinner. The 29-year-old brother of Prince William was at his base camp in the Antarctic for his “Walking with the Wounded” charity. The challenge event is a 200-mile trek in the Antarctic to the South Pole. Prince Harry’s charity did a similar walk to the North Pole in the past, to raise money that would go to support wounded soldiers.
News of Swift singing with Prince William and Bon Jovi, first surfaced on social media. An attendee at the charity dinner, Rebecca Dowling, was first to post a short video of the trio to the popular photo and video sharing site, Instagram. Dowling’s clip contained her caption: “Classic Tuesday night with Jon Bon Jovi performing ‘Living on a Prayer’ with Taylor Swift and HRH.”
By Brent Matsalla