Prince William, Kate arrive on first visit to the United States


AP

NEW YORK — Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, have arrived in New York City on the royal couple’s first official visit to the U.S.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s motorcade pulled up outside the Carlyle Hotel on Sunday night to a throng of media and shrieking admirers, who were kept behind police barricades. Kate is expecting their second child in April.

William is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack 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.

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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton will accompany the couple to a New York reception highlighting conservation efforts.

At a black-tie scholarship fundraiser for the University of St. Andrews, other guests expected include Tom Hanks and opera singer Renee Fleming. The ticket price went up to US$10,000 per seat. The royal couple met at the Scottish school.

Kate also is scheduled to tour a New York child development center with the city’s first lady, Chirlane McCray.

Earlier Sunday, the royals were greeted by Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the U.S., and his wife; British Consul General Danny Lopez; and Peter Selfridge, U.S. chief of protocol.