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Kate and William's first night in Los Angeles during US visit

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Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, talk to Canadian Consul General David Fransen, left, as they arrive at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, July 8, 2011. Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, talk to Canadian Consul General David Fransen, left, as they arrive at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, July 8, 2011.
Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2011. Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2011.
FILE -- Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at a charity event for Absolute Return for Kids, ARK, in London, in this Thursday, June, 9, 2011 file photo. FILE -- Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at a charity event for Absolute Return for Kids, ARK, in London, in this Thursday, June, 9, 2011 file photo.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, attended Variety magazine's Venture Capital & New Media Summit at the Beverly Hilton and a reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Hancock Park Friday as they began a three-day visit to the region.

The newlywed duke and duchess of Cambridge touched down at Los Angeles International Airport shortly before 4 p.m., and they were greeted by an entourage including Gov. Jerry Brown, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald and British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay.

After an exchange of pleasantries, the couple climbed into a black Range Rover and traveled in roughly 12-vehicle motorcade along surface streets through West Los Angeles and Century City en route to the Beverly Hilton. At some points along the route, small groups of people gathered to watch the motorcade go by.

Some people waited outside the Beverly Hilton in anticipation of the royal couple's arrival, with some people holding small British flags.

The Venture Capital & New Media Summit included British and American technologists and venture capitalists working to find new avenues for investment and job-creation in the United States and Britain.

Brown, Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky, Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles and soccer star David Beckham were among those who attended a reception at the British Consul-General's residence Friday night.

"William and Kate were extremely down to earth," City Councilman Tom LaBonge told ABC7 after the reception. "(They) spent time talking, chatting, remarking. Then you'd watch them in the back yard... and they listened intently to everybody and made conversations. It was a very special evening."

LaBonge's wife Brigid  told Fox11 she "was taken aback" by William's "good looks."

"There's something very magical about him," she said.

The hors d'oeuvres at the reception prepared by Annabelle Brewer included cheese, leek and onion mini quiche; chicken and mushroom bouchees; chipolata sausages; bacon-wrapped prunes known as "devils on horseback"; endive with smoked salmon tartare; figs with goat cheese and prosciutto;
Parmesan scallion crostini with pear; stilton tartlets with apricot chutney; Welsh rarebit; and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish.

Security was tight around the consul-general's Hancock Park residence on June Street, where the couple will be staying. The street will be closed between Fourth and Sixth avenues, but royal watchers gathered nearby in hopes of catching a glimpse of the royal couple.

People who get too close -- notably paparazzi -- will find themselves running afoul of the law. The Los Angeles Police Department plans to crack down on anyone roaming into the area without permission.

All the residents near the consul general's home have signed "trespass prohibited" letters, giving police clearance to arrest anyone who tries to get close to the royal couple by trodding over adjoining properties.

According to the British Consulate in Washington, D.C., the couple's visit has three purposes:

- to support "the UK's prosperity agenda, which is seeking to create jobs and investment by deepening the strong bonds between the U.S. and UK"
- to strengthen ties between the countries' respective Armed Forces, "particularly on veterans issues, including reintegration into society, and create and tighten relationships in the charitable sector"
- to build on "the momentum of Prince Harry's visit last year, The Prince of Wales' visit this spring and the state visit (to England) by President Obama."

On Saturday, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton will attend a charity event held in support of the American Friends of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.

William will play in a polo match and Catherine will present a prize to the winning team.

On Saturday night, they will attend a black-tie dinner hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, of which William is president, at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The event is intended to build partnerships between Hollywood and up-and-coming British actors.

On Sunday morning, William and Catherine will attend a private breakfast with American patrons of Tusk Trust, an African conservation charity.

Later Sunday, in what is expected to be a central element of the royal visit, they will travel to Skid Row, often called the nation's homeless capital, to visit the Inner-City Arts school, a nonprofit academy that provides free classes in visual and performing arts to children from poor neighborhoods.

At the school, the duke and duchess will join grade-school students in painting and working with ceramics and will watch a performance by teenage dancers.

"With approximately 20,000 non profits in Los Angeles devoted to numerous worthy causes, we are beyond thrilled that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending a portion of their brief time in Los Angeles with Inner-City Arts," said Cynthia Harnisch, president and chief executive officer of Inner-City Arts.
  
"What we hope to gain from their visit to Inner-City Arts is increased awareness about the capacity that an arts education has to unlock the creative potential of children, especially children who are growing up with the challenges of poverty."

After the school visit, they will attend a job fair for veterans at Sony Studios in Culver City before leaving that afternoon from Los Angeles International Airport, bound for home in England.

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