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Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed by hundreds in New York City

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in New York City on Sunday night, and were greeted by 200 royal watchers outside of the Carlyle Hotel.

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Vanity Fair spoke with several people who waited outside in the cold for a glimpse of the royal couple, holding bouquets that they hoped to get to Kate. Carol Polock said she showed up at the Carlyle at 9:30 a.m., and would also try to see William and Kate at a Brooklyn Nets game Monday night and the Met on Tuesday. When asked why she braved the crowds and low temperatures, Polock responded: "I think it's just the whole fairy-tale thing. It's just exciting."

Before William and Kate return to Great Britain on Tuesday night, they will attend a party for the American Friends of the Royal Foundation. William will also meet President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss wildlife conservation and attend a meeting at the World Bank. Kate will visit a child-development center with the first lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and attend a lunch for British achievers.