Royal Couple To See Both Sides Of LA, From Highfalutin To High Poverty, In Skid Row Visit

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive by carriage as they visit the Province House, Charlottetown, Canada, on July 5, 2011 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive by carriage as they visit the Province House, Charlottetown, Canada, on July 5, 2011

Prince William and Catherine’s visit to the U.S. will fittingly include a match of the “sport of kings” at a Santa Barbara polo ground and an evening of hobnobbing with Hollywood’s version of royalty, but the couple will also make a stop in Los Angeles’ most plebian neighborhood — Skid Row.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Inner-City Arts, a nonprofit academy that gives children from poverty-stricken neighborhoods free classes in visual and performing arts.

“This is what’s going on outside their castle. They’re going to get a taste of what life is like for us,” says Jessica Cornejo, a 19-year-old member of a dance troupe that will be performing for the couple during their Sunday visit. “It’s the best way to end that royal trip.”

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