Upadate, Dec 9th 4:00 PM:

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn visit on Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeted by a small but resolute crowd of admirers who withstood driving rain and wind for a glimpse of the royal pair.

Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, laid a bouquet of white roses and a handwritten note at one of the two memorial pools marking where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Etched along the pools are names of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when two hijacked planes destroyed the twin towers.

The note, signed by the couple, read: "In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September, and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild."


The couple, who are expecting their second child in April, are making their first visit to New York City.

At the memorial, they waved briefly to bystanders before heading inside to tour the museum exhibits of artifacts and photographs from the day of the attacks.

Kate wore a fuchsia Mulberry coat that stood out brightly in the gray of a rainy day but hid her baby bump.

Huddled under an umbrella was Ben Jones of Leeds, England, who said he and his wife had planned a trip to the memorial and were quite surprised to find their country's royals there at the same time.

"It just so happened that we turned up," he said. "I've never seen these two so we might as well hang about."

New Yorker Susan Daglian said she missed every other royal visit to the city and vowed not to miss this one, despite the weather.

"Just to get a glimpse is worth it," she said. "I think they're wonderful."

The visit, which began on Sunday, ends on Tuesday with a dinner marking the 600th anniversary of the University of St. Andrews at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Previously Dec 9th 10:30:00 AM:

Prince William and Catherine continued their tour of the United States with three highlights: Meeting Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, going to a Nets game and, of course meeting Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Howver the greatest highlight of the trip so far, in Metro's point of view, is this gloriously awkward looking photo of Prince William, Catherine and LeBron James. Some news outlets say that LeBron broke royal protocol by putting his arm around Catherine, but we're not so sure that's the case.


Britain's Prince William found a willing audience at the White House on Monday, covering topics with President Barack Obama from the illegal wildlife trade to the birth of a baby named Prince George.

The Duke of Cambridge, breaking away from his pregnant wife Kate briefly after they arrived in New York on Sunday for a three-day visit, was spirited into a side entrance of the West Wing for talks with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and for a tour of the White House.

In the Oval Office, Obama and William were seen chatting amiably in what White House spokesman Josh Earnest said was a discussion about the long and special relationship between the United States and Britain.

A television boom mic picked up more granular details of the talks.

William was overheard telling Obama about the birth 17 months ago of Prince George. Kate is due to give birth to a second child in April.

"When George was born I forgot to actually work out whether it was a boy or girl, the excitement of the event and everything else was just chaos," William said. "It's going to be an interesting next year, busy next year."

Obama, who on Saturday went to a military hospital to be examined for a sore throat, said of himself: "I'm fine, I was completely fine."

William came to Washington to deliver an address at the World Bank about the illegal wildlife trade. In that speech, he said criminal gangs turn vast profits from the illegal killing or capture of wildlife and that armed groups and terrorists swap poached ivory for guns.

"Together they loot our planet to feed mankind's ignorant craving for exotic pets, trinkets, cures and ornaments derived from the world's vanishing and irreplaceable species," he said.

William also briefed the president on his initiative to combat the illegal wildlife trade, which Earnest said is "an issue to which the president and this administration are strongly committed."

Also, he discussed with Biden various challenges such as the effort to degrade and ultimately destroy Islamic State.

Later in the day William returned to New York to take in a National Basketball Association game between the Brooklyn Nets and the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I know that the president is certainly envious of the prince's opportunity to take in a game," Earnest said.