Royal Couple Thrill Locals With Sunday Morning Walkabout

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July 10, 2011 | 6:30pm EST

Visiting royals the Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge thrilled fans waiting outside the couple’s Hancock Park, Los Angeles residence on Sunday morning with an impromptu 10-minute meet and greet.
The newlyweds left the home of the British Consul General ahead of schedule so they could thanks the fans who had given them such a warm welcome on the pair’s first official visit to America.

Prince William and his wife flew into Los Angeles on Friday and spent the weekend at official functions, including a charity polo match in Santa Barbara and a star-studded BAFTA party, during which the prince saluted the “creative talent” from Britain and America and added that “magic happens” when the two countries get together to make films.

The Duke & Duchess were heading off to the Mark Taper Center in Los Angeles’ Skid Row district for a performance by inner-city dance students when they decided to treat well-wishers who had gathered on a street corner near to the place they have called home for the weekend. Many of the fans gathered early on Sunday morning in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals.

The beaming couple posed for photos, shook hands and even chatted briefly to reporters.

When one asked the Duchess if she was having fun on her first trip to California, the pretty royal said, “I’ve really enjoyed it, thank you very much.”

One special moment came as Catherine kneeled down to greet a little girl, also named Catherine, who was wearing a tiara.

The couple will wrap up its whistle-stop visit to Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon when they visit a job fair for military men and women returning to civilian life from war zones around the world.