William and Kate visited Santa Barbara, California on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The royal newlyweds attended a charity polo event at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
This appearance in Santa Barbara was one of many official stops on William and Kate's whirlwind tour through Canada and California.
This was Kate's first visit to the US.
Officially, "The visit will support the interests of the United Kingdom through the prism of the Royal Couple's interests."
The Royal Newlyweds began their 11-day adventure in Canada, from June 30 through July 8. William and Kate arrived in Los Angeles, California on Friday evening, July 8, 2011.
On Saturday July 9, William and Kate visited Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club to attend a polo match for charity. They arrived by helicopter, even though some reports said they would drive from L.A.
The Foundation Polo Challenge benefits The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and The Polo Training Center Santa Barbara, among other worthy causes.
Prince William's opening speech reveals a great sense of humor...
Three teams played a round-robin style Polo Challenge. Those playing against the Duke's team paid an estimated $50,000 for the privilege. It cost twice as much to play on William's team.
With ticket sales of $400 and $4000 each, it's estimated that Polo Challenge raised an amazing $7 million for Foundation charities.
The Duchess presents the winner's trophy.
The Duke scores four goals.
Of course, Prince William's team won the Polo Challenge by 5-3. Kate presented each member of the winning team with a box from Tiffany & Co.
William was the last to the podium. When the crowd yelled, "Kiss!", Kate happily obliged with a modest embrace and a kiss on each cheek.
The couple returned to LA for an event on Saturday night, and flew home to the UK on Sunday afternoon, July 10, 2011.
The city of Santa Barbara couldn't be more excited to have William and Kate visit Santa Barbara County.
This video highlights some of the best Santa Barbara County has to offer.
Please, William and Kate, visit Santa Barbara County again soon. Stay longer next time! We'd love to have you.
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