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After the polo game, the duke and duchess will head to downtown Los Angeles to attend a black-tie at the historic Belasco Theatre, where they will be guests of honor at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner honoring 42 young British filmmakers.

The list of celebrities reportedly also attending reads like a who’s who of Hollywood royalty: Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow.

William and Kate’s arrival in California has been a lower-key affair compared to the largely rapturous welcomes they received as they crisscrossed Canada, though small crowds of royal watchers waving British and American flags congregated outside the British consul general’s home in Hancock Park and elsewhere.

Friday’s tech summit was set up to generate support for Tech City, London’s answer to Silicon Valley. The area around the trendy Old Street part of east London is quickly becoming a hub for technology and software firms.

Britain’s royal family has shown itself to be tech-savvy in recent years and maintains accounts on several social media sites.

On Sunday, the royal couple will watch a dance at a nonprofit academy in the gritty Skid Row area of downtown then attend a job fair for U.S. servicemen and women transitioning to civilian life.

“People just want a glimpse of the duke and duchess,” said Los Angeles resident Christian Kang. “There’s so much compassion in both of them. I know they’re going to Skid Row, and I think that’s very good to see from someone in his position.”

Though Prince William has been to America before, it is Kate’s first trip to the U.S. William’s late mother, Princess Diana, who would have turned 50 this month, charmed Americans when she visited in the 1980s.


Watkins reported from Los Angeles.


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