Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Cambridges Arrive in Kuala Lumpur + Kate's First Overseas Speech

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Kuala Lumpur today to begin the Malaysia leg of the South-East Asia tour. The royals were met at the International airport by representatives of the Malaysian Government and the British High Commission.

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William and Kate's first engagement was a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister at his official residence. The lunch will include a musical performance by young people supported by a charity of which the Prime Minister's wife is patron.

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William and Kate chatting with the Prime Minister and his wife.

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The couple visited Hospis Malaysia, a leading hospice located in central Kuala Lumpur. Kate is patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and is keen to use the visit to learn more about how the hospice movement works in Malaysia.

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There is talk of a partnership between EACH and Hospis Malaysia. 

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Hospis Malaysia is a charitable organisation that offers professional palliative care to patients who are suffering from life-limiting illnesses. Care extended by Hospis Malaysia transcends age, gender, culture, religion, and social standing and is offered free of charge. The organisation is not affiliated with any political or governmental group and depends greatly on public and corporate support. To find out more or if you wish to donate please click here.

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William and Kate toured the building and met child and adult users of the hospice and their families. The couple undertook art activities with terminally ill children. 

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William's clay tile.

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And Kate's tree :)

Kate gave her first overseas speech to patients and staff, drawing on her own experience of the hospice movement in the United Kingdom. The Duchess praised the 'vital and life changing' work of Hospis Malaysia and said she was thrilled it and East Anglia's Children's Hospices would be working together.

'William and I are hugely excited to be in Malaysia - this, our first ever visit and are absolutely delighted to have been invited to join you all here at Hospis Malaysia. It is so exciting to learn about the Country's very first paediatric palliative care programme and to witness for myself something of the wonderful work of Hospis Malaysia's wonderful staff.
 As Patron of East Anglia's Childrens Hospice, a UK based charity,I am thrilled to hear that you have been working with Hospis Malaysia, and that you plan to collaborate as you roll out this new programme. Through this patronage, I have learnt that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital. Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing. With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.
 This is a very special place and so much has already been achieved. It has been wonderful meeting the patients, families and staff here - you have given us the most wonderful welcome.
Thank you again for inviting us here - and all the very best to this exciting new initiative'. 

Kate sounded confident and assured. A great deal of thought and planning obviously went into the speech. We also saw Kate focusing on the work of hospices, something I can see her working closely with in the future. You can watch Kate's speech here.

William was deployed in the Falklands when Kate gave her inaugural speech at EACH in March, and I'm sure Kate was delighted to have her husband by her side for what was quite possibly a daunting experience. 

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William is a veteran when it comes to speech making following years of practice. I expect he had many helpful tips to offer the Duchess and no doubt it was a special moment for him to see his wife give her first overseas speech. When Kate finished one could see William saying 'well done'.

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There was no change of outfit for the Duchess who wore a duck egg blue pleated shirted dress with three quarter sleeves and lace detail by Jenny Packham.

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Kate wore LK Bennett Sledge Pumps and carried her £160 LK Bennett Natalie Clutch.

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This evening the Duke and Duchess will attend an official dinner hosted by His Majesty, The Agong. More updates and photos shortly.


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