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Royal visit: Will and Kate fans settle into Hancock Park for long wait

July 8, 2011 |  4:06 pm


Fremont residents Anna and Ruben Cruz, 50, said they have never been that interested in the royal family. But there's something special about Prince William and his wife, Catherine -- something down-to-earth and likable -- that prompted them to drive down from the Bay Area and plan their vacation around the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Southern California.

"They look like they have a young spirit and heart," Anna Cruz said. "I thought, 'When are they going to come again?' We figured, 'Why not?' "

Photos: The Duke and Duchess in L.A.

The couple organized a camping trip around the visit. And on Friday morning, they staked out the British Consul-General's home in Hancock Park, arriving early to get the lay of the land and snap a few pictures of the home.

They returned a few hours later after the roads were closed, set up their two-seater camping chair and settled in on a corner. Security shooed them away from one corner, then another. And at their third and final spot, they had a clear, diagonal view of the house. They planned on staying put.

As the afternoon passed, more people began arriving. EVen in the heat, a small crowd of about 20 people were waiting for Will and Kate -- with their arrival in Hancock Park still a few hours away.

Vida Largaespada, 67, took a series of buses from East Los Angeles to get to Hancock Park.

"I'm looking for my prince," the Nicaragua native joked.

A longtime fan of the royal family, she arrived in Hancock Park armed with a faded and worn Spanish-language magazine devoted to Princess Diana, which included photos of Prince William as a baby.

Largaespada said she has so many pictures of the royal family around her house that "my kids are jealous."


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PHOTO: The Los Angeles home of the British Consul-General, which is to be the temporary residence of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit to Southern California. CREDIT: Reed Saxon / Associated Press