Yesterday, prince William and his wife Kate arrived in New York City. Since the glory days of princess Diana, this is the most anticipated royal visit.
The couple came on a scheduled flight with British Airways in Queens at John F. Kennedy International Airport. After they have arrived, their first stop was at their hotel, the storied Carlyle at Manhattan.
450 well-wishers and news reporters got the first glimpse of the royals in the Big Apple as they stepped out to cheers them. At the entrance of the five-star building, prince William told to the hotel director Giovannie Beretta, who was standing outside: “It’s good to be here.”
Moment later, Kate and William were escorted to their luxury suite, which has wide window views of Central Park. The Empire State Building was lit up in red, white and blue, in order to honor the royal couple. Communal areas and hallway have been swept by security several times during the afternoon, and the security at the Carlyle has been firm from the very beginning of the day.
“They are being extra careful, even during the Met Gala security isn’t this tight.” – a member of staff said. Later the pair went to a dinner for fundraisers at the Gramercy home of advertising boss Sir Martin Sorrell for their Royal Foundation. “It’s been incredible to witness the level of excitement from people wanting to be part of it, wanting to attend, wanting to help us and support us.
The level of excitement in New York has been absolutely phenomenal.” – British Consul General Danny Lopez said to the media. “It’s the latest embodiment of the lasting and very close relationship with the royal family. It’s important to us to ensure they have a good time. We hope this will be a very satisfactory happy fun visit.” – The British ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, explained.
Prince William will travel to Washington D.C. where he will meet Barack Obama, the President of the United States. Obama stated that he supports prince’s campaign against illegal wildlife trade. Princess Kate will stay in New York City. She will visit and support kids with mental health needs and child development center in Harlem. Chirlane McCray, the first lady of the city, will join Kate and also show her support.
Today evening, the royal couple will watch basketball at the Barclays Center, where Cleveland Cavaliers will go against the Brooklyn Nets. One of the William’s United for Wildlife campaign supporters is the NBA. Their visit will end at St. Andrews in Scotland, with a glittery evening gala supporting the college where the couple met and fell in love.