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Last updated at 15:48 BST, Monday, 11 July 2011

Royals return


11 July 2011

Britain's newest royal couple have returned from their first post-wedding official tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to North America ended with a series of events in California.

Peter Hunt

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended many events on their tour


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The Duke and the Duchess's last day in California focussed on gritty rather than glitzy events.

After a night at a BAFTA reception,where the emphasis was on young talent and much of the focus was on the stars and the dresses on display, the couple visited an arts project in a poor neighbourhood of Los Angeles and a jobs fair for American former service personnel seeking work.

Prince William, an RAF search and rescue pilot, takes a keen interest in veterans' affairs.

"This is the last event on our tour of North America but to my mind it's one of the seriously most important. This is because it's about men and women who, of their own free will, choose to put their life on the line for their country."

William and Kate are returning home after a tour of Canada and America which was a significant milestone in their life together and in her new life as a royal.

Peter Hunt, BBC Royal Correspondent


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a BAFTA reception

an event organised and hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television

an arts project

a scheme which encourages young people to escape poverty through art

a jobs fair

an event where companies and potential employees get together to find out about each other

seeking work

looking for a job

a keen interest in veterans' affairs

a strong and personal interest in the situation of people who used to be in the military

of their own free will

through their own choice

to put their life on the line

to put themselves in physical danger and at risk of death

a significant milestone

an important and notable event in the development of something