Britain's Royal Couple Have Arrived In NYC -- Here Are All Their Plans

Kate and williamNeilson Barnard/Pool/APKate, left, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain’s Prince William arrive at The Carlyle Hotel, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York.

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.

Prince william obamaKevin Lamarque/ReutersU.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets Britain’s Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington December 8, 2014.

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.

RTR4H633Jonathan Ernst/ReutersBritain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, delivers remarks to the International Corruption Hunters Alliance conference at World Bank headquarters in Washington December 8, 2014.

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.

Kate and ChirlaneBrendan McDermid/ReutersBritain’s Catherine, (R ) Duchess of Cambridge and New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray (L) are greeted by children after an event at the Northside Center for Child Development in the Harlem section of New York, December 8, 2014

Katereportedlyspent about an hour at the Center, wrapping presents and doing arts and crafts with the kids.

Kate middletonSeth Wenig/Pool/APKate, the Duchess of Cambridge, sits next to four-year-olds April, left, and Sammy in a pre-school class at the Northside Center for Childhood Development, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in New York.

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.

Kate in nycMike Segar/ReutersKate chats with (from far left) Ambarish Mitra, CEO of Blipper, Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion at Parsons at the New School of Design, Danny Parsons, British Consul General of New York, and Pete Cashmore (R), founder of the news site ‘Mashable’.

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.

Prince williamJonathan Ernst/ReutersBritain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) arrives to participate in the International Corruption Hunters Alliance conference at World Bank headquarters in Washington December 8, 2014.

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.

The charity dinner celebrating St. Andrews’ 600th anniversary will be held at the museum’s Temple of Dendur exhibit, and will cost attendees a reported
£85,000 ($US132,991) per table.

Tom Hanks, Mary-Kate Olsen, and William’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, are also scheduled to attend, the Daily Mail reported.

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