Prince William and Kate Middleton's Trip to California Nears

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, are easily the hottest ticket in North America right now as their nine-day tour of Canada begins to wrap up and the royal couple set their sights on a long weekend in California.

"We're looking forward to it," said Jay Ackerman, a resident of Los Angeles' Hancock Park community where the newlyweds are expected to stay. "It should be a little crazy but fun to have royalty in the neighborhood."

William will play in a charity-fundraising polo match at a Santa Barbara club Saturday and later the two will be guests of honor at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner in Los Angeles.

"I've had a lot of personal people call and be my best friend," said Nigel Lythgoe, chairman of the academy's Los Angeles chapter. "I've had to explain how it works, there's no tickets."

On Sunday, the royal couple is expected to attend an event for the conservation of African wildlife, visit an inner-city arts program and then a job fair.

Every A-list star is hoping to get a golden ticket to one of two receptions celebrating William and Kate's arrival so they can meet the duke and duchess. Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks are reportedly among the Hollywood elite invited to the celebrations for William and Kate.

"L.A. won't know what hit when the duke and duchess of Cambridge arrive," said Katie Nicholl, an ABC News contributor and author of "The Making of a Royal Romance."

William and Kate Take Canada by Storm

Onlookers watched them in awe Wednesday as the newlyweds spent what was supposed to be a day off, lifting spirits in the fire-ravaged town of Slave Lake in Alberta, Canada.

Even though the northern community was not on the official itinerary, the royal couple hoped to bring smiles to a town where more than 400 homes and businesses were lost to a forest fire in May.

William and Kate did get some quiet time during their whirlwind tour Tuesday at Eagle Lake -- often called Honeymoon Lake -- to watch the midnight sunset. Today marks the seventh day of the pair's nine-day trip to Canada -- the visit is part of the first official overseas trip for the two, who married in April.

Wednesday night they reportedly spent another evening alone, this time at picturesque Lake Louise. According to The Associated Press, William and Kate spent a little one-on-one time together at Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park.

"We've seen I think probably the most romantic side to Prince William that we've ever seen," Nicholl said. "He's suddenly just pulled out these romantic gestures and he whisked Kate away."

William and Kate Calgary-Bound

In Calgary, where William and Kate are expected to arrive later today, people clamored to win a lottery. They waited in line to be among the lucky few to catch a glimpse of the couple.

"I just love the excitement of it all and it's just. ... Oh my God, I love it!" said Lauren Kucharski, a 20-something dressed in a British flag hat and red and blue.

With the royal couple expected to attend the Calgary Stampede, tickets for the rodeo were in such high demand that some were scalping their entry bracelets on eBay.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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