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Royal visit: Orange County teens keep tracking William and Catherine

July 9, 2011 |  7:22 pm

Though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Carpinteria for a charity polo match Saturday afternoon, hundreds  gathered at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles hoping to see the royals when they arrive at a black-tie dinner later in the evening.

Among the crowd was a group of Yorba Linda teenagers who are following the royals this weekend.

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“We’re hoping to see them tonight, and we’re pretty close to the red carpet — we think we have a good chance,” said Tara Campbell, 17.

Campell, Hannah Schade, 18, and Shirley Lahr, 18, pooled their graduation money to book a two-night stay at the Beverly Hilton, where they caught a glimpse of the duke and duchess on Friday. They made a stop by Hancock Park on Friday nightand saw the home of the British consul general, where the royals mingled with prominent Californians at a reception. The group considered going to Carpinteria for the polo match but decided against it after hearing that security was tight.

Still, Campbell said, they’re hoping for more, that they really want a wave from William and Catherine.

“Hopefully we get that today," she said.

But if not, there’s always Sunday, when they plan to go to Sony Studios in Culver City, where the couple will attend an afternoon job fair for military veterans before leaving the United States.


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-- Kate Mather

Photo: A group of Yorba Linda teenagers wait outside the Belasco Theater in hopes of seeing William and Catherine. CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Tara Campbell