Hollywood royalty mingled with the real thing as the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge spent a sun-splashed day on the polo
fields of Santa Barbara County followed by a diamond-studded
night amid movie glitterati at the midpoint of their tour of
Prince William wowed the crowd with four goals at his charity
polo match then he and the former Kate Middleton headed by
helicopter to downtown Los Angeles for a black-tie film
industry event that drew Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Barbra
Streisand, Jack Black and Jennifer Lopez, among many others.
The pair were then due to watch a dance at a nonprofit
academy in the Skid Row area of downtown.
"There's so much compassion in both of them," said Los
Angeles resident and royal-watcher Christian Kang. "I know
they're going to Skid Row, and I think that's very good to
see from someone in his position."
They're also slated to attend a job fair for US servicemen
and women transitioning to civilian life.
Saturday night's soiree at the restored 1920s-era Belasco
Theatre in downtown Los Angeles was organized by the British
Academy of Film and Television Arts, of which William is
president, to promote up-and-coming British talent in the
The duchess wore a flowing lilac dress with white waistband
by Alexander McQueen. Fans cheered as they strode a red
carpet and the couple responded by walking over and shaking a
"Before I start, I'd just like to thank Colin Firth for my
opening line: I have a voice," William quipped in brief
remarks to the star-studded audience, referring to Firth's
role as King George VI in the acclaimed film "The King's
The guests included executives of major studios and
entertainment companies along with such luminaries as James
Gandolfini, Don Cheadle, Blake Lively and Kristin Chenoweth.
Earlier, up the coast at Carpinteria near Santa Barbara,
William's four goals led his team to a win in the overall
polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
"My father, the Prince of Wales, and my brother, Harry, were
as green as that grass outside when I told them I'd be here
today," William told a reception where guests sipped
champagne and whiskey. "Catherine and I have had a busy few
days - so the prospect of being able to let loose this
afternoon is wonderful for me."
After William's win, the crowd rushed on to the field despite
an announcer's pleas for them to return their seats, and
finally security used a line of rope to push them back. And a
fight nearly erupted between a photographer and an aggressive
spectator jostling for a look at the couple.
After decorum was restored Middleton presented each
competitor a blue Tiffany & Co. box with a white ribbon,
and a big silver trophy to her husband's team, and gave
William a kiss on each cheek when egged on by the crowd.
William wore a white shirt and trousers with a blue blazer
while his wife sported a silver and marble-gray hand-painted
silk dress by British designer Jenny Packham.
The cheap seats cost $US400, while anyone paying $4000 for a
VIP ticket got a chance to hobnob with William and his bride.
Carolyn Sesvold flew in from Chicago to attend the match,
buying a brown-and-white polka-dotted dress, hat and gloves
inspired by the outfit Julia Roberts wore to the polo match
in the movie "Pretty Woman."
Sesvold, a royals fan, also came to watch a family friend who
paid about $50,000 to play against William in the polo game.
Those playing on the same team as the duke paid twice that,