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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the final event of their North American tour.
Prince William and his wife Catherine are attending an employment fair in Culver City aimed at finding jobs for veterans.
Sunday’s event is the last stop on William and Kate’s first foreign tour, which saw them crisscross Canada for nine days before coming to Southern California for a busy weekend.
After arriving at the fair and speaking with veterans, the duke and duchess plan to help prepare care packages for children of deployed service members and then they will head back to the U.K.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw Los Angeles’s less-glamorous side Sunday when they visited an inner-city school in downtown’s notorious Skid Row area.
Prince William and his wife Catherine were welcomed to the Inner City Arts academy by six elementary-aged children holding a welcome banner while a crowd of about 150 people cheered and looked on, some waving British and American flags.
Kate, as she is better known, wore a navy-and-white crochet top and a white pleated skirt, both by U.K. fashion company Whistles.
Cynthia Harnisch, the academy’s president and chief executive officer, spoke to the couple about Skid Row and the challenges of poverty and homelessness faced by many students at the school.
The duke and duchess were then escorted to a visual arts studio where they donned art smocks and sat at easels. Fifth-graders helped them create mandalas, a type of Buddhist painting.
Next, the couple went to the ceramics studio where children were working on separate parts of a giant tortoise. The duchess joined the students who were creating the tortoise’s shell while the duke sat at another table where children were working on the reptile’s body.
After the visit, the clay tortoise will be fired in the studio’s kilns and placed in the school’s cactus garden.
Skid Row, with its intractable poverty and largely homeless population, could hardly stand in starker contrast to the more glitzy parts of Southern California that the couple has seen on their whirlwind visit.
On Saturday, William scored four goals at a charity polo match and earlier Sunday he attended a swanky reception to raise money for Tusk Trust, an African wildlife conservation group.
Their final stop before departing for the U.K. will be with the group ServiceNation: Mission Serve, which aims to help veterans find jobs.
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