July 8, 2011 -- 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.
Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and Jack Black are expected to attend. Other bold-faced names reported by E! Online include Kristin Chenoweth, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dana Delany and Derek Hough from "Dancing with the Stars."
Prince William (who's also the president of BAFTA) will give a speech at the gala, which is focused on spotlighting emerging British talent and building partnerships between Hollywood and up-and-coming British actors.
Earlier, on Saturday, the duke is expected to play in a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo Club to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, while the duchess gives out the prizes.
Day three begins with more philanthropic work, starting with an event to support Tusk USA, an organization that raises funds for African wildlife.
Then the duke and duchess are to visit Inner-City Arts, an L.A. program that helps disadvantaged and homeless children through art. (This engagement is of particular concern to the duchess -- the palace noted that she's "extremely interested in how the arts can help young people unlock their potential.")
On their final afternoon in the States, they are scheduled to attend an event for military veterans transitioning to civilian life and their families at Sony Pictures Studios, where they'll help put together care packages.
Then it's back across the pond to Britain for a much-needed rest.