ON THE LAST DAY OF THEIR CALIFORNIA TOUR, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISIT AN INNER CITY SCHOOL, JULY 10, 2011
In stark contrast to the glitz and glamor of the the yesterday’s polo set and Hollywood stars, was Los Angeles’s Skid Row area, with its homeless population and poverty. William and Catherine went there to pay a visit to the area’s Inner City Arts Academy whose many students are underprivileged youth. The goal of the academy is to develop to the youths’ best potential through the arts. While at the Inner City Arts Academy, the couple watched a group perform a dance. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked in on a ceramics class and also sat at easels and painted. The couple also made their handprints in clay instead of signing a visitors book. During the course of the visit, Catherine, who chatted with ease with the youngsters, confided to one child of her husband’s love of computer games, saying, “he plays them all the time.”
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a white pleated skirt and a dark navy blue crocheted top, both by the U.K. fashion company, Whistles. Catherine was clever enough to don a smock to protect her outfit from clay and paint, during the visit. It turned out that William had not been as careful with his suit and after doing his handprint, left some clay on his suit. This prompted William to admit to his wife that he should have put on an apron like her.
Before visiting the Inner City Academy, William and Catherine attended a brunch at the mansion of Steve Tish, owner of the New York Giants football team, who organized the get together for the launch of the U.S. Patrons Circle of the TUSK Trust, of which Prince William is actively involved. The TUSK Trust works for community development and conversation causes in Africa. Among the guests who attended was the actress Reese Witherspoon.