To much fanfare, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton—arrived in New York yesterday for a whirlwind two-day visit. The British royals posed outside the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, much to the delight of "some who waited hours outside to secure a prime viewing spot."
Two royal fans outside the hotel told WCBS 2, "We just want to see them, even if it’s just a glimpse" and "Their lifestyle is like a fairytale. It’s so intriguing." Another, a 19-year-old woman, said to the Post, "I’m obsessed with Kate Middleton. She’s a great role model and a great person to look up to. They are a great power couple." (A great power couple who has NEVER BEEN TO NYC BEFORE. And people call them worldly!) From the NY TImes:
Nearby, a woman had lugged life-size cutouts of the duke and duchess to the edge of a police barricade. A group sang “My Favorite Things,” swaying in the cold. Others, like Jayda Green, 13, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, held flowers.
“Our celebrities and politicians, they’re shooting stars. They come and go,” said Ms. Green’s mother, Colleen, who brought her daughter to New York for the occasion. “Royalty is forever.”
The British taxpayers, plus some other groups, are footing the bill for the trip, but we're pretty sure NYC taxpayers are paying for the police escorts.
Today, Prince William will be heading to D.C. for the day while the Duchess will be in NYC, meeting with First Lady Chirlane McCray. Tonight, the couple will be at the Barclays Center for the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's unclear if the British royals will meet America's royals, Beyonce and Jay-Z, but a royal spokesman told the Times, "They’re not due to meet. But who knows what will happen?" Sounds like someone wants to Break The Internet, but protesters are hoping to shut down the game, which is more interesting.
The Duke and Duchess will have to deal with our gauche, New World ways. The Times spoke to an etiquette person:
It is unclear if other residents might be up to the task of impressing the royals, though few will get the chance. Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, the founder of the Etiquette School of New York, said that certain traits associated with many New Yorkers — talking with one’s hands, say, or asking personal questions without a second thought — should be curbed.
“Be yourself, but best self,” Ms. Napier-Fitzpatrick suggested, before reconsidering.
“Better self,” she amended.
In other words, they should not take the subway.
The Duke's and Duchess' schedule via Clarence House:
MONDAY 8TH DECEMBERFashion notes: The Duchess was wearing a plum-colored coat from the maternity line Seraphine when she arrived at the hotel and, at a later event, wore a black cocktail dress from Amara.
World Bank, Washington DC - The Duke of Cambridge will attend the International Corruption Hunters Alliance conference, followed by a working lunch. The Duke will be accompanied by Mr William Hague. The Duke will give a speech at the conference focussing on corruption surrounding the illegal wildlife trade.
Northside Center for Child Development, Harlem - The Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by the First Lady of New York City will visit the centre which fosters the healthy development of children and families by providing high-quality mental health and educational services. The Duchess and First Lady will take part in gift-wrapping with volunteers and meet students undertaking a craft-making exercise.
Lunch at British Consul General's Residence, New York - The Duchess of Cambridge will meet members of the British Community in New York from culture, arts, hospitality, and business sectors.
Conservation Reception at British Consul General's Residence, New York - The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will attend a reception co-hosted by the Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, in recognition of the conservation work carried out by Tusk and United for Wildlife partners: Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International; and The Nature Conservancy.
NBA Basketball game (Brooklyn Nets v Cleveland Cavaliers), Brooklyn - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend an NBA Basketball game to support the on-going collaboration between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.
TUESDAY 9TH DECEMBER
The National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Their Royal Highnesses will view one of the Memorial Reflection Pools and spend time in the Memorial Plaza and Memorial Museum.
The Door / CityKids, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit The Door to see the work they carry out in partnership with the CityKids Foundation - both organisations offer services to young people to help them reach their potential. Their Royal Highnesses will tour the youth organisation and view arts performances by the young people.
Creativity is GREAT Reception, hosted by NeueHouse, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception at NeueHouse celebrating the wealth of British Talent in the Creative Industries based in New York.
Innovation is GREAT Reception, hosted by Shutterstock at The Empire State Building, New York - The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by The Mayor of New York City will visit the observation deck at the 86th floor, attend the technology-themed reception; and present the winners of the GREAT Tech Awards with trophies.
St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join this event which will support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university's medical and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at St. Andrews.