The Clintons may be one of the closest things the U.S. has to a royal family — and on Monday, they’ll meet with the scion of Great Britain’s real royal family.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton will meet with Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in New York City as part of the royal couples’ three-day visit to the U.S.
The pair, along with baby George, arrived in Manhattan Sunday evening. William, who is second in the line the succession of the British Crown, traveled to Washington, D.C., Monday morning to meet with President Obama and speak at an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank. The duchess will spend the day with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray in New York.
William will return to New York Monday afternoon and join his wife to attend a reception at the British Consul General’s Residence in the city. Hillary and Clinton will also attend, according to the Prince of Wales’ office.
The reception is co-hosted by the Clinton Foundation, which has made a priority of combating elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade, and honors the work of conservation groups working on the issue.
At the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in September, a then-pregnant Chelsea Clinton said she worried about bringing a child into “a planet without elephants.” She even said she planned to buy elephant-themed nursery decorations, and partnered with designers to raise awareness about elephants during New York’s fashion week by installing a giant pink elephant at Milk Studios, a fashion show venue in New York City.
After the reception with the Clintons Monday, the royals will watch an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. On Tuesday, they’ll visit the September 11 memorial and museum before returning home.
The city has in recent days been the site of numerous protests against the non-indictment of the police officer involved in the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner. Security around the royal visit has been stepped up in light of the demonstrations.
Cleveland star LeBron James said he might wear an “I Can’t Breath” t-shirt to the game, which references Garner’s dying words as an officer allegedly choked him.