Kate Middleton and Prince William - nicknamed Widdleton by E! - touched down in Los Angeles at about 4 p.m. PST to begin their first visit as a married couple to the US.

The couple delayed a few minutes before disembarking the plane, and went through a brief receiving line (which included the Mayor of Los Angeles) before being whisked away in a black Range Rover.

The couple attended a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles on July 8, 2011.

Guests mingle at a private reception for Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The couple is on a royal visit to California from July 8 to July 10.

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