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William & Kate Arrive At Santa Barbara Polo Club


Jul. 9 2011, Published 8:59 a.m. ET

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Their helicopter set down at 12:03 pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, and the excitement level among the crowd went off the charts.

Wearing a de Gournay silver and marble gray hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress by Jenny Packham, the Duchess of Cambridge opted on going hatless on the sunny and hot afternoon.

The royal newlyweds were initially met by their ambassador, and then walked a red carpet without taking any questions from the press.

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Hollywood made the trek to the small town of Carpenteria, where the club is located. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Molly Sims, Rosario Dawson, and Santa Barbara local Rob Lowe were all spotted.

After a brief reception, they'll sit down at a Tiffany-sponsored luncheon starting at 1 pm.

The three-course menu consists of California chopped salad with Parmesan frico, marinated giant shrimp and sweet corn lasagna with blistered tomatoes and roasted asparagus. They'll have their pick of a trio of desserts, strawberry meringue trifle, tarragon Merlot truffles and toffee truffles.

Rosario Dawson

Liquor sponsor Royal Salute offered polo-themed whiskey cocktails including the Chivas Palm Beach and Chivas Chukka.

While grandstand and lawn seating cost a mere $400, VIP ducats, which included the luncheon, went for $4,000 each.

After the luncheon, the polo will actually begin.

A match, with William in the saddle, is set for 3 pm.

Come back to for more on the couple's adventures in Santa Barbara.



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