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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton

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It's nice to have friends in high places.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be hanging their hats (and that's not just a figure of speech in this case!) at the more than 7,000-square-foot home of the British consul-general in Los Angeles' exclusive—and old—Hancock Park neighborhood.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, you won't be able to get anywhere near it starting Friday:

Top-notch security will be surrounding the Wallace Neff-designed home, and June Street will be subject to closures at the behest of the U.S. Department of State. Only members of the media who have been preapproved by the British Consulate and the State Department will be allowed to shoot footage of any comings and goings.

Even local residents have signed keep-away letters that enable police to arrest paparazzi or other trespassers if they "accidentally" meander onto their properties.

"Our primary concern is to protect the rights and privacy of the residents as well as the safety of the royal couple upon their visit here to the United States," LAPD spokeswoman Mitzi Fierro told the Los Angeles Times.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton


The property where Wills and Kate will be staying is technically owned by the Minister of Public Building Works of the United Kingdom. The main residence, which was built in 1928 and purchased by the British government in 1957, contains seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a fully remodeled kitchen and room for entertaining as many as 150 guests.

A pool house, built more recently by L.A. architect Ronald Chang, includes his-and-her changing rooms and convenient access to a quick dip. (Which the royals might want, because it's hot out!)

The consul-general will host a reception for his royal guests on Friday night.