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Prince William, Kate's last day in Southern California

Sunday, July 10, 2011
Prince William and Kate met with veterans and their families Sunday at a job fair held at Sony Studios in Culver City. William and Kate kicked off their last day in Southern California visiting kids at Inner-City Arts in downtown L.A. A crowd waited outside the residence of the British Consul General on Sunday hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, gives a speech at the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011 event at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 9, 2011. With one day left in the royal couples visit, people are talking about newlywed Kates fashion choices. Kate presents a big silver trophy to Prince Williams team at a polo match in Santa Barbara on Saturday (raw video).

Prince William and Kate returned to England on Sunday afternoon after a three-day tour of Los Angeles.

The weekend was not all glitz and glamour for the royal couple. They headed to Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles' skid row, where they met with the city's homeless.

The royal couple was greeted by many fans as they left their Hancock Park residence around 10 a.m. Kate, also known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was wearing a navy and white crochet top and a white pleat skirt, both by Whistles.

The children that go to Inner-City Arts live in the neighborhood, and many deal closely with the reality of homelessness. The focus of the organization is to bridge the gap from the art studio to the classroom. For the past 22 years they have helped the city's youth embrace their talent.

It is only one of a handful of charitable organizations the royal couple chose to focus on during their time in the Southland.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured the facility, including the visual arts room, the ceramics room and the performing arts room. They spent about 15 minutes in each room, interacting with staff and summer-campers from the local community.

After visiting Inner-City Arts, the couple headed to a job fair for returning U.S. servicemen and women at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

The smiling duke addressed the cheering crowd of hundreds.

"All the companies and employers taking part today are providing opportunities which mean something very immediate and personal to us," he said. "Catherine and I both have friends back in Britain who could benefit from a brilliant initiative like this."

They also helped pack care packages for children with parents who are serving abroad.

The prince, a military man himself, said it was one of the most important stops along their tour because it's about men and women who of their own free will chose to put their lives on the line for their country.

The royal couple said goodbye to L.A. in the afternoon, department from Los Angeles International Airport just after 4 p.m.

Saturday night was all about Hollywood glamour and star power for the royal couple. They walked the red carpet at an event at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate British film.

All eyes were on Kate, who dazzled in an Alexander McQueen gown.

The royal couple shook the hands of adoring fans.

"I think it's really important for young people to see a wonderful married couple being so happy and giving back to the community," said Long Beach resident Patty Brunner.

"It's nice to see how successful they are and how much they want to give back," said John Brunner. "To see how happy they are together."

Timeline of Prince William and Kate's visit:

Sunday, July 10

  • 11:30 a.m. PT: The royal couple arrived in Skid Row to meet with kids at Inner City Arts
  • 1:15 p.m. PT: They arrived at the Service Nation event at Sony Studios in Culver City
  • 4 p.m. PT: The royal couple departed to England from LAX

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