California, here they come.
Sun hats and sunscreen at the ready, Prince William and Kate will follow the Canadian leg of their North American tour with three days of highly anticipated stops in the Golden State beginning Friday, July 8.
During their stay, the prince will play polo in the wealthy enclave of Santa Barbara, while both he and his new bride will focus “on supporting British interest in California through the prism of their own interests,” says an official spokesperson from St. James’s Palace.
These include armed forces veterans, young people at risk, the arts, and the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and The Duchess of Cambridge.
As previewed in a general overview released Wednesday, the visit will start Friday evening with a Consular-General Reception – at his residence – on behalf of United Kingdom Trade and Investment, a government department that looks after British business interests and start-ups overseas.
Saturday, July 9, during the day, will find William atop his pony at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. The match will benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Saturday night will take them to downtown Los Angeles for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts black-tie dinner and reception at the recently renovated (after being shuttered for more than a quarter of a century) 1926 Belasco Theatre, on Hill Street.
The event is meant to spotlight “up and coming British talent,” according to St. James’s.
Sunday morning, July 10, will allow the couple some private time, while later on they will visit the Inner-City Arts School, which is described on its website as “an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row.”
As the day progresses, the Royals will also attend the Service Nation: Mission Serve job fair for veterans at the Sony Studios in Culver City, before they head to Los Angeles International Airport.
• Reporting by SIMON PERRY