Royal visit: Polo, black-tie dinner on tap for Will and Kate
Just one day into their weekend visit to Los Angeles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already attended a technology conference in Beverly Hills and a private reception at the home of the British consul general in Hancock Park -- but much more remains on their schedule.
On the second day of their trip to the Southland, William and Catherine will attend a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpenteria, where William will compete and his wife will award the trophy to the winning team. Held in support of the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, tickets for the event went for between $400 and $4,000.
After the match, the couple will travel by helicopter from Carpenteria to Los Angeles for a black-tie dinner at the recently renovated Belasco Theater on Saturday night. There, William and Catherine will mingle with Hollywood executives and A-listers -- Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks are among those expected to attend -- and up-and-coming British talent.
The inaugural “Brits to Watch” event will be hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, of which William was named president in February 2010.
The couple arrived in Los Angeles just before 4 p.m. Friday, and were greeted with much fanfare throughout the day by several of California’s movers and shakers. Attendees at the Friday night reception at the British consul general’s residence included Gov. Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and soccer star and fellow Brit David Beckham.
But it wasn’t just public figures who greeted the royals -- crowds gathered outside the locations of the events William and Catherine attended in hopes of getting a glimpse of the newlyweds.
Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. Credit: Phil Noble / Reuters