Prince William and his wife Kate wrap up their Los Angeles visit
UPI News Service, 07/11/2011
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate wrapped up their Los Angeles visit Sunday, watching inner-city youths paint and dance and talking with veterans.
The young royal couple's appearance at Inner-City Arts thrilled some of the young artists and made others a bit nervous, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"I didn't think there was still kings and queens," 19-year-old dancer Lorenzo Perez said. "It's like a Disney movie."
The royals were greeted at the arts center by half a dozen elementary school students hoisting a banner painted with ladybugs, butterflies and flowers.
"I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, what if they don't like me?'" said 10-year-old Sneh Chachra. She said she then realized, "They are just like regular people; regular people in these really important positions."
William and Kate donned aprons and did a little painting themselves. Kate playfully chided her new husband, saying, "William, do you know what you're doing? Start from the center."
Moments later, he elicited a laugh from her when he entreated, "Catherine, what are you supposed to do?" She gave him another quick lesson, the Times said.
The couple left their handprints and signatures in slabs of clay that will be displayed on campus.
William also addressed a group of veterans at a job fair in Culver City.
During his 4-minute speech, William reflected on his time as a rescue helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force and talked about his charity foundation, of which armed forces members are a focal point, the Times reported.
Mission Serve "is about something more than men and women in uniform," he told the crowd. "It's about our other halves -- the half that makes their loved one's duty and sacrifices possible and worthwhile. It is about you: the families, partners and friends. The idea behind Service Nation and Mission Serve is simple but truly inspiration: to help those returning from active service to open a new chapter in their lives."