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Royal visit: William and Kate to arrive at LAX Friday afternoon

Photo: Prince William and Kate, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday. Credit: Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press After weeks of anticipation, Prince William and his wife, Catherine – the duke and duchess of Cambridge –- are scheduled are scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, kicking off a whirlwind weekend tour of Southern California.

The newylweds will arrive at Los Angeles International Airport in the late afternoon, where they will be greeted by California Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and the British ambassador to the United States, Sir Nigel Sheinwald.

Following their arrival, the young royals will go directly to a conference supporting UK trade and investment, where they will hear a presentation from technologists and meet with delegates from the event.

Later Friday evening, a reception will be held in honor of William and Catherine at the Hancock Park residence of the British consul-general, Dame Barbara Hay. Several California political leaders will be in attendance, as well as other public figures.

Friday marks the first day of the first official visit to the United States by the duke and duchess, who have been touring Canada since June 30. Also on their agenda for the weekend is a charity polo match in Santa Barbara, a black-tie dinner with Hollywood executives and upcoming British talent, a trip to a skid row Inner-city arts school, and a meet-and-greet with military families at a veterans job fair.

The trip, palace officials have said, is to "support the interests of the United Kingdom through the prism of the royal couple's interests."

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Photo: Prince William and Kate, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday. Credit: Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press

 
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