The Prince is a jester!
With a beaming Duchess Kate at his side, Prince William cracked one joke after another during their very first engagement in L.A. on Friday night.
After landing in Los Angeles just before 4 p.m from Canada, the Duke and Duchess, both 29, were special guests for the "Case Study on Tech City" panel at Variety's Venture Capital and New Media Summit held at the Beverly Hilton.
The crowd of tech entrepreneurs in the audience couldn't help but get excited — standing to applaud and cheer — when the royals made their entrance to the stage. Giggling and resplendent in a lavender Peridot dress by Roksanda Illinic, Kate joined her hubby to wave to the crowd and warmly shake hands with moderators onstage.
After listening to the 20-minute presentation with keen interest, they stayed on hand to chat some more and then visited several booths showcasing new products and technologies — with some middle-aged CEOs even taking off their shoes to stand on their chairs and take camera phone pics as they passed by!
Wayne St. Amand, Vice President, Marketing of Crimson Hexagon showed the royal couple data about Canadian interest in the new British monarchy. "William made a joke!" Amand told Us Weekly. "He said, 'There should have been a category of people who were only interested because they had nothing better to do!'"
Ian Truitner, CEO of tech company Randian, also got a taste of the Prince's comic side when he demonstrated a new online shopping program, which allows a user to instantly purchase a piece of clothing they see on celebs online.
"William was joking about Kate being able to do too much online shopping with this program," Truitner told Us. "He laughed and said, 'Oh no, so from now on we'll only be able to watch cartoons!' Kate was definitely very interested in the technology."
William got a bit racy when Jay Wright of Qualcomm showed off a new technology that allows users to easily modify photos and video. When Wright pulled out a pic from the royal wedding, "Will laughed a little and said, 'You're not going to do something that'll take our clothes off, are you?' I assured him that wasn't the case! Kate was laughing too."
"They were just lovely," Randall Serbo, President of Randian, told Us. "They were down to earth, they had no pretenses. What you see is what you get with them. What lovely people. Kate was just beautiful."
"We were greatly honored to have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge here," Neil Stiles of Variety gushed to Us. "They were smart, they were comfortable, they were very charming, and they greatly lifted the event.
He added that the couple's interest in tech and social media was genuine. "They were wonderful! Will was asking questions! You know, they're young – they're a young couple and they don't have to learn it, they get it!"
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