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Friday
Jul082011

Kate Middleton and Prince William Arrive in California for Royal Visit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Variety's Venture Capital and New Media Summit in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince William and Catherine Middleton touched down in Los Angeles Friday for a whirlwind weekend visit following their eight-day tour of Canada.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived this afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, where they descended steps from their airplane and were greeted on the tarmac by a line of dignitaries including California Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife Anne Gust, and British Ambassador Sir Nigel Elton Sheinwald.

Middleton wore a blue-grey drape dress, and Prince William wore a dark suit and tie.

After shaking hands and chatting briefly with the dignitaries, the royal couple got into a dark Range Rover with European-style plates and headed off in their motorcade onto the highways of Los Angeles.

Even before they landed Friday afternoon royal fever had already struck Hollywood.

In anticipation of the crush of media and onlookers, police closed the street outside the British Consulate-General residence in Hancock Park, where the royal couple are staying during their visit.

Neighbors have also signed keep-away orders, giving police permission to arrest any paparazzi on the spot if they try to photograph the royals while on private property.

The couple's itinerary calls for them to hit the ground running. The first item on their agenda is an evening business event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel supporting U.K. trade and investment.

Later, they will shake hands with California politicians and other high-profile figures at a reception hosted by British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay at her Hancock Park residence.

The duke and duchess, on Saturday night, will attend a red carpet, black-tie British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre.

Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and Jack Black are expected to attend. Other bold-faced names reported by E! Online include Kristin Chenoweth, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dana Delany and Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars.

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.

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