Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Capture the Hearts of the People of L.A.

Prince William’s visit to Los Angeles, Calif., with his lovely Princess Catherine, was like a visit from his mother Princess Diana. He is definitely his mother’s son, as is his brother Harry. Prince William and Princess Catherine, as they are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, did more than smile, shake hands and walk down red carpets — they came to visit the less fortunate of Los Angeles.

Instead of waving and saying hello, the duke and duchess took the time to sit at easels and don painting gowns as students helped the royal couple create Mandala’s — a type of Buddhist painting. If that was not enough, the prince and his princess joined a ceramics class where they helped the students develop parts for a giant tortoise. Prince William, like his mother, is engaging and, like his mother, believes in leaving people with more than just a photo opportunity.

When William and Kate stopped at Sony Pictures to promote ServiceNation, an organization that is dedicated to helping veterans find work, William addressed the group of veterans and families: “Mission Service is about something more than men and women in uniform — it’s about their other halves.” Before William left the podium he said, “I would just like to say on behalf of us both, how grateful we are to be welcomed so warmly in the Golden State and in the city of Angels. Thank you so much.”

There were smiles and one could read the pride among the people in the audience — some were wiping away tears. One woman was overheard saying, “William is the image of his mother. She truly cared.”

A few years ago there was gossip in England that the royals had lost their luster. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II must be very proud of her young fair-haired grandson and his effervescent wife Kate, as crowds from Canada to Los Angeles flocked to just get a glimpse of the young couple, who appear very much in love with each other.

While in Los Angeles William and Kate were residents at the British Consul General’s home in Hancock Park, not far from my Fremont Place home. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts rolled out the red carpet for the dazzling couple. The prince took the occasion to promote American and British talent. Prince William opened the event by bringing laughter to the assembled crowd when he said, “I would like to thank Colin Firth for the perfect opening line, ‘I have a voice,’“ borrowing a quote from The King’s Speech. The film is about his great grandfather King George VI.

The prince and princess enjoyed trading stories with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Hanks. The brief stop over in Los Angeles allowed the prince to play a game of polo in Santa Barbara and raise a million dollars for charity. The prince and princess also engaged in promoting technology and raising awareness for Tusk Trust, an African conservation group.

This reporter believes that William and Kate are the perfect royal couple to bring back respect and admiration for the crown of Great Britain.

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