Royals charm NYC and Washington for charity

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Duke and Duchess pic
Prince William and Kate draw major crowds around the world.

The British Royal Family swooped in from “across the pond” to make a splash in the USA, with a 3-day whirlwind tour of New York City and Washington. Prince William and his wife Kate, who are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, raised money for charity and met with major power players.

After touching down in New York City on Sunday,the royal couple was greeted by adoring fans. Then, they headed to a fancy dinner to raise money for The Royal Foundation charity, which helps dozens of causes like saving wildlife and caring for veterans. Throughout the visit, they attended an NBA game, joined a children’s crafting group in Harlem, held a moment of silence at the September 11 memorial, and Prince William met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. This trip marks their first official visit to New York City and their first USA trip since stopping by California in 2011 at the end of a Canada tour.

Prince William is second in line for the throne after his father Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II. Although the British monarchy doesn’t have as much power as it used to hundreds of years ago, its members serve an important symbolic role. They also raise awareness and money for social issues across the globe.

Featured image courtesy of White House. Kate and William image courtesy of Tsaiproject on Flickr.