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“I think Catherine seems very in her body,” Dawson said. “She seems very clear about who she is. She doesn’t dress too old, she doesn’t dress too young.”

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.

Actor Billy Zane said he was pleased that William and Kate visited Southern California after their wedding. “It’s nice to be able to host them here,” he said. “I’m thrilled they showed up so soon.”

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

Outside the theater, “”Queen” Marie Martin, 51, donned a plastic tiara and gripped a British flag as she and other spectators anticipated the couple’s arrival.

“I’ve always been fascinated with them. I’ve watched William grow up into a charming prince,” she said.

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.

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.

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Watkins and AP writers Derrik Lang and John Antczak reported from Los Angeles.

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