By OLIVER TREE, DEBBIE EMERY and REBECCA ENGLISH
Hollywood royalty: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an official reception in Los Angeles where they were welcomed by their friend David Beckham
Victoria skips party as Beckhams' baby girl due any moment
Kate and William mingle with Stephen Fry and Prince's cousin Lord Freddie Windsor
Duchess of Cambridge wears American designer Diane von Furstenberg
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the toast of Hollywood last night as they attended a reception on their first official visit to America.
Old friends: Prince William chats with David Beckham who turned up especially to welcome the couple to Los Angeles
The couple were joined by 200 guests for drinks and canapés in the garden of the Consul General’s residence in Los Angeles including David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Lord Freddie Windsor, who now lives in the city with his actress wife Sophie Winkleman.
Prince William was greeted warmly by David Beckham who had attended the couple's wedding in April. Although he was not on the official guest list for the party, royal aides said that he particularly wanted to welcome the couple to Los Angeles and deliver several signed LA Galaxy shirts which Prince William will auction for one of his charities.
Glowing: The Duchess of Cambridge looks delighted to be in LA as she mingles with guests at the home of Dame Barbara Hay, the Consul General
Dressed in a black suit with a blue spotted tie, Beckham attended without his wife Victoria, who is due to give birth to a girl next week.
The footballer told Prince William: 'Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love. How was Canada? It looked amazing.'
Prince William replied: 'Don’t be silly, send her all our love and tell her good luck with it all. It’s been an amazing few days – we’ve been so lucky with all the incredible places we’ve been able to see and we’ve met so many fascinating people. It’s been amazing, amazing.'
Beckham also spoke about the media frenzy surrounding the birth of his first daughter.
Quick change: Catherine swaps her lavender dress by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Illincic (L) for a green-belted dress by American designer Diane von Furstenberg
He said: 'I woke up on Wednesday to a tonne of messages on my voicemail from our friends congratulating me on the birth of our daughter.
'I turned to Victoria and said: “Did I miss something?” Apparently it’s being reported every day that she’s already been born. One way or another, fingers crossed, she’ll be with us in the next few days.'
The reception was held at the home of Dame Barbara Hay, the Consul General, where Catherine and Prince William are staying during their visit. The couple arrived at 6pm to cheers from a small crowd of local residents. The surrounding roads in the area had been closed hours beforehand.
Luvvie to see you: Prince William chats with actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry
The Duchess of Cambridge mingles at a reception at the reception at the British Consul General's office
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They're here: Prince William and his wife Catherine descend from the Canadian Air force jet ahead of their tour of California
Touch down: The Royal couple looked relaxed as they arrived under blue skies in Los Angeles
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