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Prince William, Taylor Swift Sing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer' With Bon Jovi

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Britain's Prince William joins Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi to sing Bon Jovi hit 'Livin' on a Prayer,' at a charity …

When Bon Jovi recorded "Livin' on a Prayer" for their 1986 album Slippery When Wet, surely vocalist Jon Bon Jovi could never have imagined performing the song with British royalty and a pop superstar more than 27 years later. Yet that’s exactly what happened on Nov. 26, when Prince William and Taylor Swift joined the singer/songwriter onstage at a gala in Kensington Palace.

At a reception before the event, the Duke of Cambridge apparently chatted with Swift and Bon Jovi. During the acoustic performance at the gala, Bon Jovi invited Prince William to sing with him onstage. The prince said he would, but only if Swift joined them, reported the Daily Mail. The impromptu performance of "Livin’ on a Prayer" was posted on YouTube soon after. The paper added that William "is believed to have" performed the song at his cousin Zara Tindall's wedding reception, which may have sparked Bon Jovi's effort to coordinate the collaboration.

The event was organized to raise money for Centrepoint, a charity that provides housing and other services for young homeless individuals in the UK. After the performance, William presented Bon Jovi with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work.

In addition to performing with the Bon Jovi and Prince William, Swift sang her hit singles "Trouble" and 'Love Story." "This has reference to palaces, princes and princesses," she said of the latter. "It is very strange that I end up playing it in a palace." The song, which Swift reportedly wrote at age 15 when she wasn't allowed to go on a date, includes the lines, ''Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone/I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run/ You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess/It's a love story baby just say yes.''

Before the event, Swift told BBC Radio 2, "I'm really stoked. It's the first royal engagement I've done and I'm very, very honored.''

Eliza Dolittle, James Blunt, and rapper Tinie Tempah also performed at the gala.



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