LONDON – Sharp-eyed tourists outside Buckingham Palace had a rare opportunity to see Prince William on horseback.

William was taking part Saturday in rehearsals for next week’s “Trooping the Colour” ceremony to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday.

The 28-year-old prince and hundreds of other soldiers practiced on a hot sunny day. He was wearing a red tunic with a blue sash from the Irish Guards as he rode a mottled gray horse called Wellesley.

The queen turned 85 in April, but tradition holds that “Trooping the Colour” — the public party for the monarch’s birthday — is held in June when the weather is better. The custom dates from 1748.

William and his new wife, Kate Middleton, plan to visit Canada and California in late June and early July.

West Point cadet files lawsuit against Patti LaBelle

HOUSTON – A West Point cadet and former Army football player is suing R&B diva Patti LaBelle, saying she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal.

The lawsuit alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for a ride at Bush Intercontinental Airport on March 11, when three of LaBelle’s bodyguards attacked him. King was in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.

King, a starting defensive back who was second on Army’s team with four interceptions as a senior last season, was told by his doctors he can never play football again because of his injuries, his attorney said.

‘Dallas’ star Hagman auctions memorabilia

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — J.R. wasn’t selling oil this time. He was selling himself. He still made a pretty penny.

Larry Hagman, who played the cold, conniving oil baron J.R. Ewing on the beloved 1980s series “Dallas,” auctioned off many of his personal valuables Saturday in Beverly Hills.

Caroline Galloway of Julien’s Auctions said a silver saddle was the priciest item sold, fetching $80,000.

Other big items included a portrait of Hagman’s co-star Jim Davis that went for more than $38,000, a replica bottle from Hagman’s earlier series “I Dream of Jeannie” that brought in more than $10,000, and a pair of pistols that fetched more than $4,000.

The 79-year-old Hagman put in an appearance, describing items to the crowd then sitting in the audience during bidding.

The collection brought in more than $500,000

Reality mom busted

ROME, Ga. — A Georgia mother who appeared on an episode of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” has been arrested on drug charges.

Authorities say 37-year-old April Michelle Purvis was arrested Sunday morning during a road check in Floyd County. Purvis is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Purvis and her daughter Whitney were featured in the first season of the popular reality show about teenage pregnancy.