Kate to give first speech abroad

Kate to give first speech abroad

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore (AP)

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at the Kranji Commonwealth War Memorial in Singapore. (AP/Bryan van der Beek)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore (AP/Nicolas Asfouri)

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived in Malaysia where she will give her first speech on foreign soil on a issue close to her heart - the hospice movement.

Kate will address staff and patients from an institution based in the capital Kuala Lumpur after touring the facilities with William and meeting those being looked after.

The royal couple flew on a scheduled Malaysia Airlines flight from Singapore - the first leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour celebrating the Queen's 60-year reign.

Before leaving Singapore the Duke and Duchess made a moving visit to a Commonwealth war graves cemetery and laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the Kranji Memorial, situated on a tranquil sun-bathed hill high above the bustling city.

Kate, dressed in a bespoke duck egg blue dress with a lace panel by Jenny Packham, carried a parasol as she and William walked through the rows of white graves, deep in thought.

The Duke and Duchess were met by British High Commissioner to Malaysia Simon Featherstone and escorted to a VIP lounge within Kuala Lumpur International Airport for an informal meeting with Malaysian dignitaries that lasted around half an hour.

William and Kate were introduced to deputy foreign minister Kohilan Pillay Appu other officials and the High Commissioner's wife Gail Featherstone.

The Duke sat down on a plush seat and chatted with the politician who was seated on his right and the royal was soon joined by his wife who chatted with Mrs Featherstone sat close by.

Kate's speech in Malaysia will be only her second public address and reflects her strong interest in the work of hospices.

She is royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and gave her inaugural speech to volunteers and staff at the organisation's Ipswich hospice earlier this year.


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