Prince William Pays First Visit to White House Oval Office

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It’s not every day that an Oval Office visitor generates more buzz than the president himself.

President Barack Obama welcomed Prince William for his first visit to the White House. The president thanked the Duke of Cambridge for the British royal family’s hospitality during presidential visits to the U.K. and cited “the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the White House said in announcing the visit.

The president and the prince posed briefly for photographs at the start of their meeting and made no remarks.

The centerpiece of 32-year-old William’s visit to Washington was speech after the White House visit at a World Bank conference highlighting the poaching of animals and the illegal ivory trade. The prince is the president of United for Wildlife, and was set to speak at the opening session of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance, according to the World Bank.

“Wildlife crime goes well beyond just a threat to endangered species but also has impacts on our society, economy and security,” William wrote in an article today on the Huffington Post website. “It undermines efforts to uphold the rule of law, acts as an agent for corruption, creates a barrier to development and fuels global instability.”

William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, arrived in New York City yesterday. She stayed there today to tour a Harlem child-services center, according to a schedule released by Kensington Palace. The prince took the US Airways shuttle from New York to Washington this morning.

Hoops Tonight

Tonight it’s a meeting of royalty, of sorts. The couple is scheduled to see a basketball game in New York between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are led by star forward LeBron James, who is known as “King James.”

The National Basketball Association is a partner with the prince’s Royal Foundation and United for Wildlife.

Tomorrow, the couple will visit the National Sept. 11 Memorial museum, visit a charity serving youth in New York, attend a reception showcasing British arts in New York and attend a gala and fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in honor of the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, visited Obama in the Oval Office in May 2011.