Southern California buzzed in the afterglow of the royal visit by the duke and duchess of Cambridge, William and his captivating bride, Catherine.
Their first visit to the United States as a couple was short but, oh-so-sweet. Three days of parties, polo and purpose. Unfortunately, they didn't have time for Disneyland, the Newport oceanfront beaches or a stroll through Fashion Island or South Coast Plaza, but they left an impression that will resonate with the great citizens of Orange County.
Following a very haughty polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, the elegant young couple changed gears and headed to downtown Los Angeles to spend Sunday with inner-city students studying at an art academy, not far from Skid Row. The duke and duchess dug their fingers into clay, molding pigs and other animal figures. They painted with watercolors, sitting next to the youngsters at their level.
Outside of a general fascination with the royals, the O.C. connection may indeed become quite direct. As one of America's most philanthropic communities, the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry Inc., formed in 2011, is presently sanctioned by the Internal Revenue Service to authorize tax-deductible contributions from American citizens.