Category: Royal Visit

Prince William and wife, Catherine, drop in at Inner-City Arts

July 10, 2011 |  4:50 pm


On the final day of their whirlwind Los Angeles tour, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the poorest section of the city Sunday morning for a visit to Inner-City Arts, the nonprofit cultural organization serving primarily disadvantaged and homeless youth in the Skid Row area of downtown.

The choice to visit ICA was a nod to Prince William's ongoing interest in the plight of the homeless, a cause that was also close to his mother, Diana. During their visit, which lasted about 1 hour, 10  minutes, the couple toured the facilities, attended art classes and watched a dance performance.

One goal of the visit was to inaugurate a collaboration between ICA and Britain's Centrepoint, the nonprofit homeless organization of which the prince is a patron. The groups said they plan on partnering on various student projects and engaging in staff exchanges.

The royal couple arrived at 11:40 a.m. traveling in a motorcade of three black Chevy Suburbans, a black Range Rover and a police car. They were greeted by six students holding a banner that read "Welcome to Inner-City Arts." Prince William wore a navy blue suit with a maroon tie, and his wife donned an ivory white summer dress with pleated skirt, with a crocheted navy-blue cardigan.

Sunday's agenda was a highly scripted affair that made the most of the couple's limited time. ICA doesn't normally hold classes on Sundays, but students and instructors were on hand to show what a typical day would look like. First on the schedule was a conversation with 19-year-old Kenneth Chancey, a studio assistant who raised himself out of poverty and put himself on the track for college.

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