May 6, 2011 in Nation/World

Royal newlyweds plan California visit

John Rogers Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – They could visit a movie set, grab a surfboard and shoot the curl at Malibu, sample a winery or two, even take in a baseball game at Dodger Stadium. And maybe Prince William and his new bride, the former Kate Middleton, could buy the team afterward. There’s a rumor it might soon be up for sale.

The point is, there will be plenty to do when Britain’s new hot young royal couple arrives in California on July 8.

If the prince and his bride, aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have decided where they want to go during their three-day stay, they haven’t told the British Consulate in Los Angeles, said Katharine Keith, a consulate spokeswoman. It will be Kate’s first visit to the United States and William’s first official visit.

“No matter where they venture in California, the royal visit will create a global postcard for the Golden State,” said Caroline Beteta, president of the California Travel and Tourism Commission.

If William and Kate are superstitious, however, they might want to stay away from San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado. King Edward VIII stayed at the tony beachfront resort in 1920. A few years later he abdicated the throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson.

“Many have speculated that they may have first met at the Del,” the hotel says on its website.

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