NEW YORK -- With all the expected fanfare, Britain's Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New York for their first official trip Sunday afternoon.
Now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they arrived at JFK Airport and were taken to the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan by motorcade. Already heightened security was expected to be even tighter because of demonstrations in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision.
Fans of the royals staked out spots in front of the Carlyle to catch a glimpse of the couple as the entered the ritzy hotel.
Carol and Claudia told CBS News they traveled from North Carolina just to see William and Duchess Catherine -- and they waited for them wearing tiaras.
"We called each other," said Carol.
"But then we had to convince the husbands and take time off from work," said Claudia.
William was to travel Monday to Washington to meet President Obama and to attend a World Bank conference. Meanwhile, Kate, as the world still calls her, was to visit a child development center in Harlem to raise awareness of childhood mental illness with New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray.
William and Kate, who are expecting their second child in April, have scheduled a full slate 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.
Their visit also will include some events with other high-profile guests. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton are accompanying William and Kate to a New York reception highlighting conservation efforts.
William and Kate also are due to join Tom Hanks, opera singer Renee Fleming and others at a black-tie, up-to-$10,000-per-seat scholarship fundraiser for the University of St. Andrews, the Scottish institution where the royal couple met and earned degrees.