Dec 8, 2014

Britain's royal couple arrives in New York for U.S. visit

Britain's Prince William and Princess Kate arrived in New York City on Sunday, their first official visit to the U.S. and their first experience with the Big Apple.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's black Cadillac Escalade pulled up in front of the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan to a throng of media and shrieking admirers, who were kept behind police barricades across Madison Avenue.

William and Kate, who are expecting their second child in April, smiled at the well-wishers. The Carlyle Hotel was a favorite of William's mother, the late Princess Diana, during her frequent visits to Manhattan in the 1990s.

William and Kate have a full schedule in New York, including a visit to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum on Tuesday and a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

William is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday while visiting Washington to attend a World Bank conference. At that meeting, he is expected to speak about combating illegal trade in wildlife parks. Kate is scheduled to tour a New York child development center with the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray.

Their visit will also include some events with other high-profile guests. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton are accompanying William and Kate to a New York reception highlighting conservation efforts.

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