Prince William and his two elder children met Taylor Swift backstage ahead of her concert at Wembley last night.

Kensington Palace posted a picture on social media of William, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday, alongside Prince George and Princess Charlotte with Swift as she took a selfie with the royals following the gig.

“Thank you @taylorswift13 for a great evening!”, the Palace’s social media post said.

Swift then posted a selfie of herself with William, the children and her boyfriend Travis Kelce.

“Happy Bday M8! London shows are off to a splendid start,” her post read.

The Princess of Wales stayed at home with Prince Louis.

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was also at the sold-out gig with his wife Victoria as he took a break from the election campaign trail.

Swift’s Eras tour is expected to generate around £1billion for the UK economy with sold-out concerts taking place across the country and fans flying in from across the globe.

Other celebrity fans and friends at the London date on Friday included Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and model Cara Delevingne.

Swift’s juggernaut tour takes fans through her back catalogue, including hits from albums 1989, Red and Midnights.

The revamped set list, which she first unveiled at the Paris shows, also includes songs from her latest offering The Tortured Poets Department.

Opening the show, she told the crowd: “What an absolute honour it is to say these words to you – London, welcome to the Eras tour.

“I’m going to say something that is going to sound crazy but it’s true – there are 88,446 people in this stadium.

“Look what you’ve done for us London, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

She continued: “Thinking about how many people I’m looking at and how you could spend your time in the most exhilarating city in the world, especially on a Friday night in the summer on a beautiful day in London, and you decided to be here.

“Thank you for all the effort you made to be here, dressing up to be here, memorising song lyrics to be here.”

During the show, Swift reminisced about gigs at King’s College London and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire that she performed earlier in her career.

She said: “You just continued to support me more and more and the rooms got bigger then bigger and now you’ve done this, sold out three nights in June and five in August.

“I’m not the best at maths but I think that means we get to play Wembley Stadium eight times.”

Swift has already played shows in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff and will take to the stage in Wembley again on Saturday and Sunday before the tour moves on to Dublin.

She will return to London again for five nights in August.

She told fans: “We have a lot of fun memories, but this feels more special and more fun than any tour I’ve done.

“We get to take all the memories we’ve made over the years and put them all in one tour.”

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