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Originally posted 07/12/2011 04:00PM
The Duchess of Cambridge had plenty to see during her very first trip to the U.S. With the help of private helicopters and Prince William, she managed to cover a lot of territory during her three-day stay.
En route to Santa Barbara on Saturday, Kate got a sky tour of California landmarks, including the Capitol Records building, the Ronald Reagan library and Lake Casitas.
"They were taking it all in, looking out the window and busy talking," pilot Mike Phillips says of the royal couple's 45-minute flight. I heard [William] say, 'Why don't you sit here? It's the best view.'"
Originally posted 07/11/2011 03:15PM
Prince William may have won big at Saturday's polo match in Santa Barbara, Calif., but all the invited guests ate like champions thanks to Giada De Laurentiis.
The celebrity chef prepared a seasonal menu for the crowd, which included Duchess Catherine, Rob Lowe, Rosario Dawson and many more celebrities.
To start, VIP guests enjoyed gorgonzola, tomato and basil pizzettes; pea pesto crostini; crispy smoked mozzarella with fig; salmon cakes with yogurt sauce; beef tenderloin crostini with curry mayonnaise; and chicken meatballs.
De Laurentiis also prepared a California chopped salad with Parmesan and marinated shrimp, which Kate ate as she chatted with the president of Tiffany & Co. and sipped white wine, as well as individual sweet corn lasagnas with blistered tomatoes and roasted asparagus.
Originally posted 07/11/2011 08:00AM
Cheers to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
At the BAFTA Brits to Watch event Saturday night the royal couple and other guests were served Grey Goose Floral Martinis .
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Originally posted 07/10/2011 06:55PM
After a whirlwind three-day Southern California tour that took them from the manicured polo grounds of Santa Barbara to the streets of L.A.'s Skid Row, Prince William and Catherine ended their North American trip.
Shaking hands and saying goodbye to officials on the tarmac, the royal newlyweds, both 29, who also traveled to Canada, boarded a British Airways flight at Los Angeles International Airport and flew away Sunday afternoon.
The United States leg of their tour, highlighted by a glamorous Hollywood gala, ended with them appearing at the Sony Studios lot in Culver City for an event for Service Nation: Mission Serve, which helps veterans get jobs.
Originally posted 07/10/2011 03:35PM
They were just a couple of newly married women chatting on a beautiful Sunday morning in Los Angeles.
Of course, they also happen to be two of the most photographed people in the world – the Duchess of Cambridge and Reese Witherspoon.
They mingled at the home of businessman/film producer Steve Tisch, where Catherine and Prince William spent time with donors to Tusk USA, an organization dedicated to preserving Africa's heritage and culture.
Also on hand were actress Catherine Keener, supermodel Linda Evangelista and Kristin Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore. – Mike Fleeman
Originally posted 07/10/2011 02:50PM
After attending a glittering Hollywood gala, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw another side of Los Angeles.
On Sunday, the final day of their North American tour, their motorcade took them to Skid Row, where they visited Inner-City Arts, which provides free instruction to children facing poverty.
Catherine, wearing a navy and white crochet top and a white pleated skirt, both by Whistles, and her husband were greeted by children carrying a banner reading, "Welcome to Inner-City Arts."
Originally posted 07/09/2011 11:45PM
Take note, Hollywood – this is how it's done.
To the screams of hundreds of fans and an explosion of camera flashes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought glamour, grace and star power to a Los Angeles gala Saturday night.
After a day at the polo fields in Santa Barbara, the royal newlyweds donned formal wear – Kate in a lilac Alexander McQueen gown and earrings borrowed from the Queen, William in a classic black tux – and swept down the red carpet at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event.
"In terms of pure star quality, William and Kate are the biggest stars in the world," said Piers Morgan, among the invited guests at what became the hottest ticket in Hollywood. "The impact they've had on Hollywood, which houses the biggest stars in the world, shows you that they are."
Originally posted 07/09/2011 08:05PM
Prince William said he didn't like to lose and he meant it.
William, 29, scored four times and his polo team won 5-2 on Saturday in a charity match before a celebrity-filled crowd at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria.
His wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge handed out awards, and William gave her kisses on both cheeks as the crowd of 800 went, "Ahhhhhh."
Originally posted 07/09/2011 07:20PM
Prince William and Catherine brought their American tour to Santa Barbara on Saturday for lunch and a polo match, and got their first big celebrity welcome.
Rob Lowe, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Molly Sims, Joe Jonas, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson and Billy Zane were on hand as the royal newlyweds arrived by helicopter and walked across the lawn to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria.
Originally posted 07/09/2011 03:40PM
She's met the princes before – William, Harry and Charles –, and she's even met the Queen, but stateside on Saturday at the BAFTA-LA dinner, she hopes to add to her royal memories.
"I've never met Kate," says Brit Cat Deeley, the host of So You Think You Can Dance, of the Duchess of Cambridge. "I'm really looking forward to it actually!"
Deeley has been tapped to be an emcee of sorts at the BAFTA 'Brits to Watch' dinner at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. on Saturday.
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