British Royals Wow the Crowds On US Visit

Princess Catherine and Prince William in NYC for whirlwind trip
ByClaire GlasbyTuesday , 09 December 2014
British Royals Wow the Crowds On US Visit
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have certainly made an impression on their latest official visit to the United States. The pair have been on a whistlestop tour of New York City, which showed its appreciation by lighting up the Empire State Building in the red, white and blue of the UK’s Union Jack.

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Kate’s first stop was Harlem, where she visited a children’s centre. The pregnant princess showed off her maternal side by playing with the kids and wrapping presents. “She got down on her knees and worked with the kids,” said Dr Thelma Dye from the Northside Center for Child Development. "She had glue all over her fingers."

“She seemed like a New Yorker,” said Serenity Rodriguez, a nine-year-old who’d given the princess a paper swan as a gift. “Her tone of voice was really nice. She didn’t make me feel uncomfortable.”

Meanwhile, Prince William made a flying visit to meet President Barack Obama at the Oval Office in Washington. The prince then flew back to join Kate at the British Consulate, where they were joined by Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea.

Kate Middleton & Prince William, 2014 Getty Images

The Prince and Princess also met NYC’s very own royalty – Beyonce and Jay-Z – watching the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. The royal couple had a standing ovation from the crowds of basketball fans, and Jay-Z and Queen Bey walked across the court to meet them after the third quarter.

A spectator told E! News: "Bey and Jay got up out of their seats during the break before the fourth quarter and walked across the court to say hi. Everyone was standing up and gawking. It's a mob scene around them."

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