Royal watchers arrive at polo game for Kate, Will

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CARPINTERIA, CALIF. (AP) - Hundreds of well-heeled guests are arriving at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in California, ahead of a charity polo match that will feature the Duke of Cambridge.

Many drove 100 miles or more from Los Angeles and beyond to catch a glimpse of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton.

Attendees paid $400 for a ticket in the cheap seats at Saturday’s game. The VIP tickets are going for $4,000, and proceeds are going to charity.

Several celebrities have arrived, including Rosario Dawson, Molly Sims and Billy Zane.

Both Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, regularly play polo during the summer months.

The horseback sport, sometimes referred to as the game of kings, is known for its fast pace, dangerous maneuvers and exclusivity.

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The prince will duke it out in the game of kings.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were scheduled to make a recreational detour on their busy weekend business trip to Los Angeles on Saturday, when they will attend a charity polo match near the swanky seaside city of Santa Barbara.

Both Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, regularly play polo during the summer months. The horseback sport, sometimes referred to as the game of kings, is known for its fast pace, dangerous maneuvers and exclusivity.

Saturday’s match will take place at the posh Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. For the price of a $4,000 ticket, guests can perhaps meet the prince and princess and watch William lead his fellow polo players into competition. The former Kate Middleton will present the trophy to the winning team.

Those who can’t afford to chow down with the royal couple can purchase a $400 ticket that will get them admission to the grandstand, a box lunch and a souvenir program. Proceeds will go to charity.

By midmorning, men in blazers and women in brightly colored dresses and wide-brimmed hats decorated with feathers and ribbons began to trickle onto the grassy areas either side of the polo field. The weather was unexpectedly overcast, with clouds hanging low over the nearby hills and a slight breeze in the air.

White fences lined the field _ celebrities and other VIPs on one side and the spectators who paid $400 a ticket on the other. White tents and tables with white tablecloths were punctuated with sprays of white flowers. Among the celebrities expected to rub shoulders with the royals were Rob Lowe, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson and Nicollette Sheridan.

The duke and duchess arrived in California on Friday after a nine-day trip to Canada, their first foreign excursion since getting married in April. Within minutes of landing, the couple headed to their first event, a technology summit in Beverly Hills aimed at promoting U.S. investment in British tech firms.

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