Royals Will and Kate take in California

  • Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attend at a business event in support of UK Trade and Investment during their royal tour of California in Beverly Hills, Calif., Friday, July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

CARPINTERIA, Calif. — The prince is about to duke it out in the game of kings.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Saturday to participate in a polo match expected to raise millions for good causes and celebrate the club's centenary.

It's something of a recreational diversion for the couple, who otherwise are spending the bulk of their three-day trip to Southern California promoting British business ties to the U.S. and highlighting charitable work.

The newlyweds arrived by helicopter in the coastal city of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County, joining hundreds of well-heeled royal watchers who'd traveled long distances - and paid big sums - to see them.

"My father, the Prince of Wales, and my brother, Harry, were as green as that grass outside when I told them I'd be here today," William told a reception where guests sipped champagne and whiskey. "Catherine and I have had a busy few days - so the prospect of being able to let loose this afternoon is wonderful for me."

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