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MY FELLOW COUNTRYMAN
Who better to welcome the royals to America than David Beckham? The soccer star chats up Prince William at a July 8 poolside mixer, thrown by British Consul-General Barbara Hay. "Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment," Beckham told William of his wife, who gave birth two days later. "She sent you both lots of love." William's reply? "Don't be silly. Send her all our love and tell her good luck with it all."
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Before a star-studded crowd that included Joe Jonas, Rob Lowe, Rosario Dawson and more, Prince William flaunts his polo skills July 9 at the Santa Barbara Polo amp Racquet Club in nearby Carpinteria. "Catherine and I have had a busy few days so the prospect of being able to let loose this afternoon is wonderful for me," William said in a brief speech.
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BRITAIN MEETS THE BRONX
At the BAFTA event – Prince William is the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – the royals chat with a starstruck Jennifer Lopez and her mom Guadalupe inside L.A.'s historic Belasco Theater.
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THE PRINCESS 'HI'
The gracious royals stop to chat with children greeting them during one of their last stops in America, a visit to Inner-City Arts in L.A.'s Skid Row. The organization provides free art instruction to children facing poverty.
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BUT IS IT ART?
Catherine's questionable painting skills elicit a laugh from her husband, who joined her in creating their own works of art with the kids. "It's either a tortoise or a snail. I'm not sure," a laughing Catherine admitted when William asked what she was painting.
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Their last stop: Culver City, where Prince William and Kate check out stuffed bears for the children of U.S. military families at an event for Service Nation: Mission Serve, an organization that helps veterans get jobs after service.
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And they're off! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their last steps on American soil July 10, before boarding a plane back home. Before leaving, the Prince told the crowd at the Service Mission: Mission Serve event, "I would just say, on behalf of us both, how grateful we are to have been welcomed so warmly in the Golden State and the City of Angels."