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Kate visits NYC kids; Prince William joins Obama

Published:Wednesday | December 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Britain's Prince William (right) and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, watch the second-half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NEW YORK, (AP):

Britain's Prince William sat down with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday and unveiled an effort to curtail illegal wildlife trading, while his wife, Kate, made an impression of a down-to-earth duchess on preschoolers and prominent British expats in New York.

In the first full, very full day of the popular royal couple's first visit to either place, William went to the White House and spoke at a World Bank conference. Kate wrapped Christmas gifts and helped children decorate picture frames while touring a child development centre with New York City's first lady, then talked technology, theatre and more with a British-success-story guest list at a lunch at the consul general's home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on their first official trip to the US since 2011. William, speaking at the World Bank, announced a new task force to develop recommendations within a year on how the transportation industry can help stop wildlife trafficking, calling it "one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality".

Meanwhile, the duchess and city first lady Chirlane McCray met with families and heard about the work of the Northside Center for Child Development, which offers mental health and educational services.

"Very nice to meet you," Kate told a classroom of three- and four-year-olds who were embellishing picture frames with stickers.