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Video: Royal fever hits as L.A. prepares for William and Kate's visit

July 8, 2011 | 12:06 pm

William and Catherine, the stylish royal newlyweds, arrive Friday in Los Angeles, but it may be difficult for the public to catch a glimpse of them.

Their visit is a highly choreographed affair, with very few opportunities for the public to see, let alone interact with, the couple. There will be plenty of photographers capturing their arrival and exits as well as their photo opportunities at such places as a children's center on downtown L.A.'s skid row and polo grounds near Santa Barbara.

But for a variety of reasons both logistical and economic, law enforcement officials and some Hollywood photo agencies say it's going to be difficult for the paparazzi to give the royal couple the Britney Spears treatment.

"I cannot for the life of me imagine them walking down Melrose to go shopping," said Stewart Cook, a longtime photographer for British newspapers. "It's not going to happen. I would be stunned if anyone would go to the expense or the trouble to rent a house or hide in a tree for days [for a picture]. If [the couple] rented a private island and there was no pool media access, people might try it. But not this one."

-- Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein


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