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Royal visit: Hancock Park neighbors hope for peek at Will and Kate

July 8, 2011 |  1:03 pm

Lo15zwnc Hours before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday, the quiet Hancock Park street where they will be staying was already bustling with activity.

Various news trucks were parked on June Street, home to the residence of the British consul general, and many neighbors on mornings walks stopped in front of the well-manicured house to snap pictures on their cellphones.

"We get stuff like this all the time in this neighborhood. You should have seen when [President] Obama was here -- my husband had to park a mile away and walk home," said Ellen Sletten, who lives a block up the street. "But it's still neat. They're just a lovely couple."

She was out with her brother and niece and stopped to snap a quick picture.

Paul Davies walked from his home to the residence with his two daughters, 5-year-old Daphne and 3-year-old Agatha, who said they hoped to see "Princess Kate."

"I wanted to see Kate's house because she's a princess now," said Daphne, who watched the royal wedding in April. "I want to tell her that her wedding dress was pretty."

Davies said he didn't mind the attention on the neighborhood, but noted that it would most likely get hectic as the day progressed.

"It hasn't been that bad, but I'm sure it will be later," he said. "It's just amazing that we just saw them on TV and now they're down the street."

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Hancock Park, was out early as well, checking on things in the neighborhood before heading to City Hall. Trash crews picked up trash a day earlier than usual, he said, and city crews made sure to remove a big tree branch that had fallen into the street on Wednesday.

LaBonge said the royal visit was a good opportunity to show off what Los Angeles has to offer.

"This is a great neighborhood and a great city -- to have Will and Kate here, it's a great honor," he said.

"They show off our wonderful city and hopefully people will want to come visit," he said.

Although news of the royal trip is encouraging people to visit Hancock Park, many residents said they didn't anticipate seeing William or Catherine during their stay.

But Karlene Taylor said she was hopeful.

"I've been all over Facebook saying I have to get a picture," said Taylor, who lives across Wilshire Boulevard from the residence. "Hopefully I can come back later and see them. This is one of the most exciting things to happen in a long time -- we have royalty coming to America. It's a very big deal."


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Photo: Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, tour the Enmax Conservatory at the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Friday. Credit: Jeff McIntosh / Associated Press