Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince George during their visit to New Zealand on April 9, 2014. (Photo: Xinhua/IANS)

Kate Middleton, Prince William First Official Visit to NY Includes 9/11 Memorial, Meeting JayZ, Beyonce, Tom Hanks

The British royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton are in New York on Tuesday as part of their first official visit, which includes a meeting with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Tom Hanks.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started their itinerari, despite bitter wind and rain, with a visit to the memorial plaza outside the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum and placed flowers in memory of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, including 67 UK citizens.

Their tribute read: “In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild.– William and Catherine.”

However, the visit was kept a low profile that there were only a handful visitors outside and it is expected that by tomorrow the crowds, especially Kate Middleton’s admirers are expected to flock the places where the royal couple will be visiting the next two days.

Kate Middleton, dressed in a pink Mulberry coat over a Seraphine dress and black stiletto-heeled pumps — touched the panel of the names of the victims chiseled on it. Later, they were taken on a 20-minute tour of the museum.

They left their names on the electronic tablet with a stylus at the “In Memoriam” exhibition, which has profiles of the victims. Kate “talked about how in awe she was of the enormity of the space,” Allison Blair, chief of staff at the museum, said. “It was something she didn’t anticipate.”

After the museum visit, the royal couple participated in carity events, including a black tie fundraiser for for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, from where both had graduated in 2005.

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