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Saturday
Jul092011

Move Over Hollywood, the Royals are in Town

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince William and Catherine Middleton made their Tinseltown debut after touching down in Hollywood Friday fresh off their Canadian tour.

The world’s most famous newlyweds spent their first official stop during their weekend trip to California at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills for Variety's Venture Capital and New Media Summit Friday.

"L.A. is more used to big Hollywood stars than anywhere else," said ABC News royal correspondent Katie Nicholl. "It's the most famous place in the world for stars. But these are stars of such a different nature. They are royals. This is a real live prince and princess. I know they're technically a duke and duchess but to America they are a prince and princess, and they're going to get the red carpet treatment."

Preparations have been underway as the Los Angeles Police Department brace for crowds to swarm the British Consulate-General residence in Hancock Park, where the royal couple will stay during their visit. The police are on high alert for paparazzi.

"[Will and Kate] have gone from being essentially a very private couple to a very high profile couple," said Nicholl. "I was speaking to one of the young girls here, dressed up in a fascinator, Kate's signature accessory, and I asked her what were the things she liked about Catherine and she said [Kate] had all the glamour and beauty of an A-list star, but none of the divalike demands. None of those other attributes that come with other A-list stars, which I thought was quite interesting."

The duke and duchess will rub elbows with Hollywood royalty, including Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez, on Saturday night at a red-carpet, black-tie British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre.

Prince William (who's also the president of BAFTA) will give a speech at the gala, which is focused on spotlighting emerging British talent and building partnerships between Hollywood and up-and-coming British actors. About 42 emerging British actors are expected to attend.

"I suspect they'll outshine every other star there just because it's such a magical fairy tale,” Nicholl said. “I think people in L.A. are hugely excited.”

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