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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate inspect an aerial which once stood atop one of the twin towers during a visit to the National September Eleventh Memorial Museum, New York City. Pool/Getty Images

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate inspect an aerial which once stood atop one of the twin towers during a visit to the National September Eleventh Memorial Museum, New York City. Pool/Getty Images

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Kate Middleton and Prince William attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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Prince William and Kate depart from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Prince William and Kate depart from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend the NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets with NBA global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo in New York. REUTERS/NBA

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend the NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets with NBA global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo in New York. REUTERS/NBA

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate inspect an aerial which once stood atop one of the twin towers during a visit to the National September Eleventh Memorial Museum, New York City. Pool/Getty Images

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, laid flowers yesterday at one of New York City's most somber sites - the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

The royal couple crossed the memorial plaza in pouring rain and wind, each holding a black umbrella. Wearing a fuchsia coat, black tights and high heels, Kate smiled as she spoke with memorial and museum president Joe Daniels before laying a bouquet at one of two reflecting pools built in the footprints of the fallen towers.

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Each is ringed with the chiselled names of the nearly 2,900 people killed on September 11, 2001, in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After paying their respects at the southern pool, William and Kate entered the museum that commemorates the attacks.

Before leaving the site, William and Kate admired the massive, marble-clad lobby of 1 World Trade Center, graced by a large Christmas tree. The recently completed 104-floor skyscraper is America's tallest building.

A handful of onlookers braved the wet weather for a glimpse of the royals.

The morning visit to the site where 67 British citizens died - the most of any foreign country - came on the last day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip. Their visit to New York and his to Washington was the first time either of them has visited those cities.

Ariana Lesko, a 19-year-old fashion student, said Kate "was just a regular girl" before marrying William. "She's just so down to earth and I think it gives the rest of us normal girls some hope."

Tearaway

Later, Prince William offered a helping hand to a former teenage tearaway turned actor who impressed him with a performance. William gave his contact details to Steven Prescod, a 22-year-old playwright and actor, after watching him dance, sing and recount tales of his violent crime-ridden early life in excerpts from his play, Brooklyn Boy.

William and Kate praised Prescod after the show, saying: "We want more. That was amazing" and added "please get in touch".

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