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Prince William and Kate seeing stars on California trip

Prince William mingles with soccer player David Beckham at a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles, Friday, July 8, 2011. AP

(CBS/AP) Prince William and his wife, Kate, are spending their three-day trip to Southern California promoting British business ties to the U.S. and highlighting charitable work. But those events have also involved rubbing elbows with a host of Hollywood stars.

On Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a charity polo match in Santa Barbara (William played in the match, while Kate presented the trophy to the winning team), with celebrities like Rob Lowe, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Billy Zane also in attendance.

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Dawson complimented Kate's fashion sense, calling her style effortless and elegant.

"I think Catherine seems very in her body," the actress said, according to the Associated Press. "She seems very clear about who she is. She doesn't dress too old, she doesn't dress too young."

Zane said he was pleased that William and Kate visited Southern California so soon after their wedding. "It's nice to be able to host them here," he said. "I'm thrilled they showed up so soon."

On Friday, the couple attended a private reception at the home of British Consul General Barbara Hay, which also drew a number of stars. Among those in attendance were British football star David Beckham and humorist Stephen Fry.

According to People magazine, Beckham was not on the official list for the event but came as a friend of the couple, bearing signed L.A. Galaxy jerseys for one of William's charities.

Beckham went to the event without his wife, Victoria, who is expecting the couple's fourth child.

"Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment," Beckham told William, according to the magazine. "She sent you both lots of love."

"Don't be silly," William replied. "Send her all our love and tell her good luck with it all."

The Beckhams were guests at William and Kate's wedding on April 29.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's biggest star-studded event will take place later Saturday night, when they attend a black-tie event at historic Belasco Theatre. There, they will be guests of honor at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner honoring 42 young British filmmakers.


The list of celebrities reportedly also attending reads like a who's who of Hollywood royalty: Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow.

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