Tuesday, February 21, 2012

William and Kate Visit War Memorial For Final Singapore Engagement

William and Kate's final engagement in Singapore was a sombre one with the couple visiting Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery

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Thousands of British and other Commonwealth servicemen lost their lives in the defence of Singapore and the subsequent occupation by Japanese forces and as future King and Queen Consort the Duke and Duchess wished to pay tribute to their sacrifice.

The pipers played to herald William and Kate's arrival.

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There are 4,641 World War II casualties buried or commemorated at the cemetery, of which more than 850 of these are unidentified. There are 64 World War I headstones, of which three commemorate casualties known to have been buried elsewhere but whose graves could not be found. 


William and Kate specifically asked to pay their respects to UK and Australian Z special unit heroes. The Duchess carried a parasol, no doubt the heat and humidity is difficult for the couple who are used to a much cooler climate.

The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath made of local flowers at the War Memorial and met with veterans and serving military from Singapore, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

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William and Kate observe a minutes silence at the cemetery.

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Kate wore a pale green (described as duck egg blue by the palace) pleated shirtdress by UK designer Jenny Packham. The bespoke dress has some lace on the upper part. 

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A closer look at the detailing on the dress.

Kate wore her go to LK Bennett Sledge Pumps.

The visit marks the end of Their Royal Highnesses visit to Singapore. The couple leaving Raffles hotel this morning.

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The couple will travel on a scheduled flight to Kulala Lumpur, Malaysia , where they will be met at the International airport by representatives of the Malaysian government and the British High Commission. The royals will attend a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister and visit Hospis Malaysia where Kate will make her first overseas speech. In the evening William and Kate will attend a state dinner at His Majesty The Agong's official residence. Could this be the tiara moment we've all been waiting for? It's going to be an amazing day......


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