Prince William And Kate Middleton Wow L.A.
After a nine-day tour of Canada, Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton finished their whirlwind trip of the United States, namely California, this weekend.
After a reception at the British Consul’s L.A. residence, meeting up with David Beckham (sans then-pregnant wife Victoria), and attending a charity polo match (which William’s team won), the royal couple attended an event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), of which William is president.
Celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Blake Lively, Jason Bateman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Garner, Jack Black and Quentin Tarantino gathered at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday with William and Middleton for BAFTA’s Brits to Watch event. Middleton wore a lilac Alexander McQueen gown and jewels from the Queen, while William donned a black tuxedo. The event seeks to promote 42 up-and-coming British writers, actors, set designers and other artistes and give them a head start in Hollywood.
The couple also visited inner-city children on Los Angeles' Skid Row, the homeless capital of the world. Thirty thousand at-risk kids live within a three-mile radius of the center.
The trip concluded with the couple going to Santa Barbara on Sunday to celebrate the launch of Tusk Trusts' US Patrons’ Circle, a wildlife conservation effort, where they met actress Reese Witherspoon.
The whole tour, which was to help raise money for various charities, was a huge success, according to CBS News Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter. “The trip really promoted their interests, put them right back at the forefront of media coverage, and so I think William and Kate can go home very happy, having also raised — early estimates are saying — $5 million for charity,” she said on The Early Show.