Prince William and Kate win big with polo appearance in Carpinteria


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Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, continued to sail through their California itinerary, winning hearts and raising money Saturday at a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria.

The newlyweds showed up in their daytime best, Will in navy and khaki and Kate in a Jenny Packham dress, for a game to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.


Photos: Saturday with the royals, turning out for polo and ‘Brits to Watch’

Celebs including Zoe Saldana, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Orlando Bloom, Rob Lowe, Rosario Dawson, Billy Zane, Molly Sims and Joe Jonas turned up to catch a glimpse of the royals.

Lunch for guests who dropped $400 or $4,000 to attend was prepared by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis. The win went to the team on which Prince William played, and the Tiffany & Co. trophy (complete with horseshoe motifs) was presented by his bride.

After the match, a helicopter awaited to zip the Cambridges back to Los Angeles for Saturday evening’s BAFTA ‘Brits to Watch’ event.

Expected guests included the likes of Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony.


Royals watchers crowd Carpinteria polo club

David Beckham and some local folks welcome Will and Kate to L.A.


William and Kate will bed down in Hancock Park mansion during L.A. visit

-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Will’s teammates celebrate a big win at their Saturday polo charity match. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Left photo: Zoe Saldana cuts a frilly figure on the polo field. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press