01:54 PM EDT 12/09/2013
Originally posted 11/27/2013 08:50AM
All right, it wasn't quite a supergroup. But the 600 invited guests who witnessed a slightly nervous Prince William joining Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi for a rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer" will likely never forget it.
Rocking a tux, the prince was led to the stage by Swift late Tuesday night at Kensington Palace. Once in front of the mic, he clapped his hands and nodded his head to the music as those in the crowd hollered the chorus. At times he even managed to harmonize with Swift and Bon Jovi – and play air guitar.
The impromptu concert was described by William's aides as completely "off the cuff," and as it concluded, William and Swift high-fived each another, while Bon Jovi, who was awarded the Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award in honor of his Soul Foundation, gave his royal backup singer a big hug.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 05:00PM
Nashville is in the house. Well, make that the Palace.
Taylor Swift lit up Kensington Palace as she led a spectacular showbiz party hosted by Prince William Tuesday night – and even managed to get him onstage.
Swift, Jon Bon Jovi Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery were on hand to help William raise money – and awareness – for his youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.
"It's positively magical here," Swift told reporters of the Winter Whites Gala. "There are fairy lights and there is fake snow falling from the sky and everything is just gorgeous. I am just very lucky to be here."
Originally posted 11/26/2013 03:00PM
As a new dad, Prince William meets a lot of stuffed animals.
"It looks like something George has in his bedroom," he joked as he examined a stuffed toy albatross.
This albatross, however, was a more serious contraption – a demonstration of the latest state-of-the-art technology to help track, and ultimately save, wildlife.
"You haven't been bugging my son's room have you? If I see anyone giving one of these to George then I know you will be tracking him," he said with a smile.
Four-month-old Prince George's nursery is all clear. But poachers hunting ivory are very much in William's sights. He appeared at a special conference at London Zoo Tuesday to hear about the efforts to stop the illegal trade wildlife like rhino and elephant horn.
Originally posted 11/24/2013 05:45PM
Sir Nicholas Winton is one of the lesser-known figures of World War II. He organized the rescue of over 650 children (mostly Jewish Czechoslovakians) in an operation called the Czech Kindertransport.
The children were destined for the Nazi death camps, and Winton was instrumental in getting them safe passage to Britain.
After the war was over, Winton didn't brag about his exploits. In fact, he didn't tell a soul for half a century, not even his wife Grete. Then, in 1988, Grete found a scrapbook dating to 1939 in their attic.
Originally posted 11/22/2013 03:45PM
He's been to the North Pole – in 2011, though he returned from the expedition early because his brother happened to be marrying Kate Middleton.
Now, Prince Harry has gone to the other end of the earth, to raise awareness for wounded soldiers.
After a brief stop in Cape Town until the weather calmed down, Harry and his teammates for the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge landed in Antarctica Friday to set off for Novo Airbase, to begin acclimating themselves to extreme (at times minus 50-degree) temps for their 200-mile trek to the South Pole.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 05:45PM
Back in 1987, Oral Lee Brown, an Oakland, Calif., realtor, made a seemingly crazy decision.
She decided to offer 23 first-grade children at Brookfield Elementary School a full-ride to college with no realistic expectations that they would even graduate from high school.
In a school district with a 54 percent high school graduation rate, Browns' kids are beating the odds. Out of that first group of 23, 19 graduated from high school and enrolled in college.
"They didn't want to fail me," she says of their success. "I believe love can turn anything around."
Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:50AM
Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor – at least for the next 30 days.
The United Methodist clergyman convicted of breaking church law for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding was suspended late Tuesday, and ordered by a jury of his fellow pastors to surrender his credentials in a month if he can't bring himself to adhere to the laws of the church's Book of Discipline.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 08:00AM
Originally posted 11/20/2013 09:45AM
Devastated residents in Illinois towns ravaged by deadly tornadoes that flattened their communities on Sunday are surveying the damage – and wondering how to go on.
One woman sobbed as she looked out at the wreckage of her family's farm in New Minden. Sunday's storm killed two of her elderly relatives.
"We was planning on a Thanksgiving down here," she said as she wiped away tears. "We was going to fry a turkey down here, so we were all looking forward to that. We don't know what we are going to do now."
Originally posted 11/20/2013 08:45AM
The Duchess of Cambridge put up a fight against bullying Wednesday morning, spending a second day visiting a charity, this time in London's financial district.
Arriving right before 10:30 at a forum for one of her favorite charities, Place2Be, which provides school-based mental health and emotional support services to kids and parents, Kate received a bouquet from a schoolgirl as the day's wind kept flipping up her skirt.
Inside, experts discussed such topics as cyberbullying, self-harm, special education needs and preventing addiction, all of which proved of such interest to Kate that she decided to stay a full hour longer than planned.
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