Kate Middleton's Royal Reinvention


Ordinary Trip, Ordinary Life

It is the Los Angeles portion of the trip, however, that is making waves in the United States. But don't expect the duke and duchess to spend the last leg of their trip mingling among celebrities and Hollywood power players.

"The palace is really playing down any big introductions to A-list stars," Nicholl said. "These tours are fun but hard work. It's really about forging ties between America and Great Britain."

It's also part of a concerted effort by the young royal couple, who lovingly call themselves Mr. and Mrs. Wales, to live as much of an ordinary life as possible.

At home in England, they are making good on their word by choosing to live in a modest cottage in Wales over Buckingham Palace, and resisting the help of butlers and servants.

After the royal wedding, William returned to work as a search-and-rescue pilot in Anglesey, while Kate, pictures and media reports show, cooks and shops for the couple herself.

Palace officials say the couple will take scheduled flights back from Los Angeles, not the private jets long favored by royals such as William's father, Charles. And the Canadian government will pay the cost of flying William and Kate to Canada on a jet.

"William is very keen to put his own stamp on things," the Sun's Larcombe said. "And I think what's happening now is Kate is brushing up on her French skills to impress her Canadian hosts."

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