Newlyweds Wrap Up Sucessful First Royal Trip
Will and Kate boarded a British Airways commercial flight in Los Angeles Sunday bound for their London home, but not before taking the city of Los Angeles, and North America by storm.
It was the duchess herself who made the most news in the trip's final hours, issuing her first public words of the couple's three-day stop in California.
"Really enjoyed it, thank you," Kate said in impromptu remarks to a reporter asking how she liked her first trip to the U.S. as the couple greeted fans staked outside the British consul's residence in the city's Hancock Park neighborhood where they stayed.
The minor tremor those few words sparked in even the media capital of the world show just how much the American public, and even Hollywood's most A-list stars, could not get enough of Prince William and his bride, who handled the public attention in a sort of trial-by-fire.
"I know inside she is nervous," Arthur Edwards, royal photographer for the U.K.'s Daily Sun told ABC News. "But it doesn't show, and that's what's important. She looks confident."
Royals Are Off to a Place Where It's Not the Size of Your Entourage that Matters But Rather the Size of Your Heart
Their Saturday was filled with polo and hobnobbing with Hollywood's hottest stars.
Onlookers marveled at the Prince's charm and of course, the Duchess' Alexander McQueen gown.
But today the royals are off to a place where it's not the size of your entourage that matters but rather the size of your heart.
Prince William and Catherine will visit downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, an area known for its impoverished communities and large homeless population- a far cry from the luxurious Belasco Theatre where they attended a film event Saturday night.
But nestled in this disparaged neighborhood, is a beacon of hope for a group of very special kids.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Spent Their Second Day in Los Angeles in Royal Fashion, Playing Polo and Mingling with Hollywood Elite
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their second day in Los Angeles in royal fashion, playing polo and mingling with Hollywood elite.
William showed off his athleticism at a charity polo match, scoring four goals and leading his team to victory, Saturday afternoon.
"My father, the Prince of Wales, and my brother, Harry, were as green as that grass outside when I told them I'd be here today," William told a reception at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, according to the Associated Press. "Catherine and I have had a busy few days — so the prospect of being able to let loose this afternoon is wonderful for me."
After the match, the Royal Couple headed to the star-studded British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Brits to Watch gala.
Prince William, who serves as the president of BAFTA, took the opportunity to introduce himself to some of Hollywood's biggest names.
Soccer Star Delivered Several Autographed LA Galaxy Shirts for Prince William to Auction Off
Soccer star David Beckham welcomed Prince William and Catherine to the Golden State during a reception at British Consul General Dame Barbara Hay's residence in Los Angeles Friday.
Beckham was joined by 200 guests at the Hancock park residence.
Chief executive of Disney Bob Iger and Lord Freddie Windsor who was accompanied by his wife actress Sophie Winkleman were among the notable guests included.
Beckham who arrived alone was not on the official guest list for the reception but royal aides say he wanted to welcome the couple to Los Angeles and deliver several autographed LA Galaxy shirts for Prince William to auction off for one of his charities, according to the Daily Mail.
Beckham, who left his pregnant wife Victoria at home, spoke to the prince about anticipating the arrival of their baby girl within the next week. The Beckhams attended the royal couple's wedding in April.
"Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love," the soccer star told the Prince, the Mail reported.
Royal Couple Wrapping Up North American Tour
William and Kate touch down in Los Angeles today for a whirlwind weekend visit following their tour across Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are scheduled to arrive this afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, where they will be greeted by California Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife Anne Gust and British Ambassador Sir Nigel Elton Sheinwald.
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 royal visit, however, is seen as a working visit, not as a time to mix with celebrities.
"The palace is really playing down any big introductions to A-list stars," ABC News royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said on "Good Morning America." "These tours are fun but hard work. It's really about forging ties between America and Great Britain."
The closest brush the newlyweds will have with Hollywood royalty will come Saturday night at a red carpet, black-tie British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre.