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Princess Kate's New York City Wish List

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When Princess Kate and Prince William arrive in New York City Dec. 7 for a three-day trip, they’ll embark on a hectic schedule that leaves little time for sightseeing.

Still, a friend of the royal family tells PEOPLE, Kate is hoping to catch some of New York’s top tourist attractions. “Somebody told me that Kate would like to see the Statue of Liberty or the Rockettes while she is here,” the friend says.

Soon after arriving at their base at the swanky Carlyle hotel on the city’s Upper East Side, Kate and William will attend a private dinner with the leading lights of the Royal Foundation, before a packed day Monday that ends with a trip to Brooklyn to watch a Brooklyn Nets basketball game.

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Neither Kate nor William, both 32, have been to New York before. R. Couri Hay, a New York society publicist, predicts Will and Kate will cause quite a stir in the Big Apple.

“She is so relatable, but has that glamour and sparkle,” Hay tells PEOPLE. “They will create a frenzy that could match Princess Diana’s [past] visits.”

For more on Kate and William’s visit to N.Y.C., pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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