Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in the US on Sunday evening for a three-day tour of Manhattan and Washington, DC.
The royals were greeted by crowds of fans and heavy security upon their arrival at the Carlyle Hotel, where they will stay for the duration of their trip.
Shortly after arriving, the couple was whisked away for a fundraising dinner at the Gramercy Park apartment of British advertising legend Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP.
There, the couple raised more than $US2 million for their charity, the American Friends of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
With only two full days in the US, the royals’ schedules are jampacked. Here’s what the couple has planned for Monday and Tuesday:
On Monday, William met with Obama in Washington, DC, while Kate visited a Harlem children’s center with Chirlane McCray, wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Duke of Cambridge met with President Obama ahead of William’s speech to the World Bank on the illegal wildlife trade. He also joked about the “chaos” of his son George’s birth.
Shortly thereafter, the Prince spoke at the World Bank on behalf of United For Wildlife, a group of conservation organisations united to end illegal wildlife trade.
Meanwhile, KatevisitedtheNorthside Center for Child Development in Harlem alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife — and first lady of New York City — Chirlane McCray.
Kate has repeatedly been compared to the late Princess Diana, who would also meet with children from disadvantaged backgrounds during her visits to New York.
Katereportedlyspent about an hour at the Center, wrapping presents and doing arts and crafts with the kids.
Afterwards, Kate attended a luncheonat the residence of the British Consul General, where she mingled with members of the successful British business and arts community in New York.
William was scheduled to meet Kate at the British Consul General’s residence on Monday afternoon, accompanied by Chelsea and Hillary Clinton, for a Conservation Reception recognising the work done by various United for Wildlife partners.
On Monday night, the couple will head to Brooklyn to watch the Brooklyn Nets play the Cleveland Cavaliers and mark thelaunch of
a new collaboration between The Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife, and the NBA.
On Tuesday morning, William and Kate will visit the 9/11 memorial and travel to the top of the Empire State Building.
Neither Kate nor Will have ever been to New York before, so they are eager to squeeze in some tourist activities while they’re here.
Royal aides had originally not planned for Kate to go to the Empire State Building, thinking the pregnant princess would like some down time, but after seeing it was not on her schedule she reportedly told her staff she would like to go.
The Empire State Building commemorated the couple’s first visit to the Big Apple by changing its lights to red, white, and blue — the colours of the Union Jack flag.
Later, the couple will attend a charity dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art for St. Andrews University, where they met as undergrads in 2001.
Tom Hanks, Mary-Kate Olsen, and William’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, are also scheduled to attend, the Daily Mail reported.
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