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Duke and duchess greet onlookers outside Hancock Park residence

July 10, 2011 | 10:23 am

The  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look on during remarks by Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Britain's ambassador to the United States, during a private reception at the British Consulate-General's residence in Los Angeles Friday.

Before heading off for a visit to a downtown L.A. arts program, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, took time out Sunday morning to greet a few dozen people gathered near the home of the British consul general in Hancock Park, where the royal couple are staying.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shook hands and chatted with some of the cheering onlookers, many of whom carried British flags and snapped photos of the couple as they mingled with the crowd.

The brief interaction with the public appeared to be one of the few spontaneous moments of the royal couple's visit to Southern California, which has been carefully choreographed for both security purposes and to discourage Hollywood’s infamous paparrazi.

After a visit to the Inner-City Arts facility on skid row, the couple will head to a job fair for veterans in Culver City.

They are scheduled to leave Los Angeles about 3:30 p.m.

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Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Nigel Sheinwald, Britain's ambassador to the United States, during a private reception at the British consulate-general's residence in Los Angeles on July 8, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

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