Kate Middleton to make her maiden overseas speech in Malaysia (Update - Video)
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Kate Middleton to make her maiden overseas speech in Malaysia (Update - Video)

London : United Kingdom | Aug 31, 2012 at 8:27 AM PDT
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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee plans unveiled

Report By: Nina Rai

London, 31 Aug, 2012

As royal watchers are aware Wills and Kate are scheduled to visit South-East Asia and the South Pacific next month as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The highlight of the visit this time will be Duchess Kate’s maiden speech on foreign soil. It may be recalled that Kate made her first speech as a royal in May this year at the opening of the children’s hospice, ‘The Treehouse,’ in Ipswich, England.

According to a formal announcement made by St. James Palace on Thursday (30th Aug, 2012), the former Kate Middleton will be addressing the staff and patients at a Malaysian hospice.

When Wills and Kate visit the Solomon and Tuvalu Islands, they are expected to participate in local sporting ventures as also wear ethnic attires. At one point they will also be taking an exotic canoe ride.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Singapore from September 11-13. In their first engagement there, the royal couple will be participating in an orchid naming ceremony at a Botanical garden where flowers will be named after them and Lady Diana.

Before Princess Diana's died in a fatal car crash, she was supposed to visit Singapore in September to see the flower that was to be named after her, particularly after the discovery of a new species of orchid. Sadly for her, she never got an opportunity to see it, due to her tragic demise in Paris, France in August 1997.

Wills and Kate will now have an opportunity to see the rare orchid (to be named after Lady Diana) for the first time during their visit to Singapore. It will definitely be an emotional moment for William especially as he will be stepping in his mother’s shoes to complete her journey.

After Singapore the royal couple will fly to Malaysia, where they will tour Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, from September 13-15. Further according to their official tour itinerary, the couple will be in the Solomon Islands between September 16-18, and the final halt is at Tuvalu on September 18-19.

"The aim of the tour is to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee,” informed Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary and equerry to the Cambridges. He further stated:

"The Duke and Duchess will use the tour to pay tribute - through what they do and say and who they meet - to the Queen's lifetime and dedication to the mix of peoples and cultures that make up all of Her Majesty's realms and the Commonwealth.”

According to Lowther-Pinkerton the tour will comprise of a combination of formal and informal moments which will highlight the above aims and “Duke and Duchess's characters and interests."

Update:

Journalists banned from asking any question on Prince Harry’s nude photos

Wills and Kate have reportedly forbidden journalists accompanying them from asking them any awkward questions about Prince Harry during their overseas tour. Any questions pertaining to the recent ‘nude’ antics of Wills' younger brother Harry, 27, is strictly out of limits.

A source told Radar Online. ‘Journalists who are travelling on William and Kate's trip have been sternly warned that questions about Prince Harry are out of the equation.'

According to the source the nine day trip is a royal engagement organized by the Queen for her grandson and his wife. Their job is to pay a tribute to the Queen’s life of dedication and service.

‘It was set up to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Because of its importance, the Palace has said that anyone that quizzes William and Kate about Harry's naked escapades in Las Vegas will be sent home. .. He's a topic that is off limits,' averred the source.

Source: Sky News/Willandkatedaily.com/Now Magazine

Video: Duchess Kate making her first overseas speech in Malaysia

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Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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