What will Prince William and Kate do in California?

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding to a waiting helicopter as they leave for a secret weekend location, on April 30, 2011, in London. John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walk from Buckingham Palace to a waiting helicopter as they leave for a secret weekend location, on April 30, 2011, in London.
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(CBS/AP) Prince William and Kate Middleton are coming to California for their first official visit on July 8. What does the royal couple have planned for the big trip?

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Wherever they decide to go, one thing will remain certain: fans will follow.

"Wherever they go, it's going to be more traffic and more security and the locals aren't going to be thrilled with that," said Jeff Aberbach, a government employee who lives in the Sacramento area. "But it will give people something to look at. It's a nice way to break the summer doldrums, having a future king and queen of England visit us."

Hundreds of people gathered in New York City's Times Square to watch the royal wedding on a giant television screen, and even more people crammed into Ye Old King's Head British pub in Santa Monica to watch the ceremony while enjoying a nice English breakfast. Fans also met near Cinderella's castle in Disney World, Fla., to watch the royal exchange of vows.

Royal visits create traffic jams, and California Highway Patrol could be called on to try to help keep the roads clear.

It will be Kate's first visit to the United States and William's first official visit. There are still no official reports of what the couple will be doing during their three-day stay.

"No matter where they venture in California, the royal visit will create a global postcard for the Golden State," Caroline Beteta, president of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, said.

William's father, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, although lesser celebs in the U.S., still caused quite a stir when they visited the San Francisco Bay area in 2005, mingling with Americans while visiting farmers' markets.

William's mother, Princess Diana, was a giant hit during her visit in the 1980s, charming people everywhere she went.

During Queen Elizabeth II's trip in 1983, she stopped in San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Francisco. During an earlier visit, she even watched movies being made at Universal Studios.

A possible destination could be Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, where the royal couple's friend David Beckham stops by for lunch. The Liverpool native who owns the place said their visit would pull out all the stops.

"Our girls would all love to wait on Prince William," he said. "They quite fancy him."

  • Christina Frasca

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