Last week Steve and Sandra Fraijo were a typical retired couple, relaxing in their cozy west Hesperia home. But over the weekend, the Fraijos and four generations of their family put on their Sunday best and spent time chatting with new acquaintances Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


"I just got chills," said Sandra Fraijo. "I was just in awe."


The Fraijos were selected to meet the couple at the "Hiring Our Heroes Los Angeles" job fair for veterans event at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on Sunday because three have served in the military: Steve Fraijo, his son Steven Fraijo and step-grandson Thomas Cook.


All three were in the U.S. Marines Corps with the elder Fraijo serving two tours of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s, his son currently an educational officer for the Coast Guard serving during Desert Storm in the 1990s, and Cook currently a sergeant who trains new recruits for combat at Camp Pendleton.


Two weeks before the event their presence was requested. Four days before they were told they were selected for special recognition because of their three generations of military service. Two days before the event, the couple received word that they personally would meet the Royal Couple.


"It floored me," Steve Fraijo said. "It was just me and my family, and it was a private meeting."


Personable couple


The Fraijos were struck at how personable and gracious the Royal couple were.


"They came with their arms extended," he said.


Cook's 13-year-old daughter Elizabeth presented the Duchess with flowers and exclaimed she had been practicing her English accent.


"Can I get you a cup of tea?" the girl asked.


"The Duchess said, 'Your accent is good,'" according to Sandra Fraijo.


"He has a sense of humor, the Prince," he said. "He doesn't make you feel uncomfortable at all, either does she."


Sandra Fraijo told the Royal couple that she originally was from Kirkcaldy Fife, Scotland before her family of 13 moved to Monrovia when she was a teenager. Prince William smiled and said, "They've got the best fish and chips there."


They were struck by how good-looking and tall the couple is.


"She's a very beautiful woman," he said about the Duchess. "She's the tallest woman there."


The Royal couple presented the family with gifts, including candies. Sandra Fraijo asked if they would mind posing for a group photo. The Royal couple agreed and asked their aide to snap the picture as they stood among the Fraijos.


However, Fraijo said, it was made clear that the photo was for personal use only, not for publication.


"He did this as a favor to me," she said.


Visitors to the Fraijo home can see a photographic reminder of their once-in-a-lifetime visit with the world's most famous couple, their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


"It was quite an honor," Steve Fraijo said. "It was just something. We'll treasure it for the rest of our lives."