Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (left), and Dame Barbara Hay
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07/05/2011 at 10:00 AM EDT
It might not be Buckingham Palace, but Dame Barbara Hay's Los Angeles residence – where the royal couple is rumored to be staying when they arrive in California
this Friday – should feel right at home to the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge
Nestled in historic Hancock Park, the Mediterranean-style house measures 7,247 square feet and boasts seven bedrooms and bathrooms.
Built in 1929, the residence has an expansive garden that's already seen its fair share of Hollywood royalty. Hay, who has served as the British Consul-General in Los Angeles since 2009, is often seen throwing parties celebrating British achievement.
As for security, "Our primary concern is to protect the rights and privacy of the residents as well as the safety of the royal couple upon their visit here to the United States," LAPD spokeswoman Mitzi Fierro said in a statement. "If they trespass on property where we have a signed trespass letter, they will be arrested immediately."
In addition to the annual BAFTA
garden party at her residence, Hay, in her role as the representative of Her Majesty, also hosts BritWeek’s annual VIP reception at the Hancock Park house.
The Wallace Neff-designed home also drew A-list stars such as Helena Bonham-Carter and director Tom Hooper this past Oscar season, when The King's Speech was nominated
for 12 awards.
Indeed, Will and Kate will be welcomed to their weekend retreat Friday night with a "working reception," according to the official itinerary, where a few lucky businessmen and politicians will get to rub elbows with the royal couple.
Part of her job description, after all, is to "multiply the multifarious connections which the U.K. enjoys with Southern California and the other states to which she is accredited," says Dame Barbara's official bio on the British Embassy web site