The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down at LAX Friday afternoon to kick off a whirlwind weekend of meetings, charity events and photo opportunities. The couple were greeted by Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Photographers from around the world let their trigger fingers fly as they snapped pictures of William and Kate exiting their plane at the West Gate of LAX.
"Welcome to California," Brown told William as they shook hands. As a gift, the governor reportedly prepared an iPad 2 loaded with California themed music from the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys and LL Cool J.
The two left the airport in a black Range Rover SUV with police escort.
Their weekend is booked solid with events. On Saturday William will play in a polo match in Santa Barbara. Proceeds from the tickets will benefit the American Friends of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. That's the American wing of the royal brothers' charity which supports at-risk youth, veterans and the environment.
Saturday night the couple hit a red carpet party hosted by the British Academy of Film and TV Arts. Celebrities like Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez are on the guest list. Rising stars of the British film and TV industry will also be at the event.
On Sunday the couple stop at Skid Row to meet with youth from Inner-City Arts, an arts education organization in the heart of downtown LA. Then they head to Culver City to attend a job fair for U.S. servicemen and women before boarding a plane back to England.