Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge Gives First Overseas Speech, Visits The Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery In Singapore [PHOTOS]

September 13th, 2012 // Leave a Comment

Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge on their third day (September 13, 2012) in Singapore on their tour of South-East Asia, representing the Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee Year, paid a visit to the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery.

According to What Kate Wore, Kate donned another Jenny Packham dress which featured a button front bodice, lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves, three quarter sleeves, and full, pleated skirt. The information released by St. James’s Palace calls the color “duck egg blue.” For footwear, Kate wore her LK Bennett Sledge2 pumps.

Today also marked the first oversees speech for Duchess Catherine (watch the speech below).

Kate Middleton spoke about the “vital” and “life-changing” work of hospices today as she made her first speech abroad. Making only her second public speech, she addressed staff and patients after touring the facilities with William and meeting those being looked after. 

She said:

“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 pediatric palliative care program and to witness for myself something of the wonderful work of Hospis Malaysia’s superb staff.

“As Patron of East Anglia Children’s 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 program. 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 is already being achieved. It has been wonderful meeting the patients, families and all the 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!”

Before they left Singapore, the royal couple also paid a visit to Kranji Memorial, where they visited a number of Commonwealth war graves. Kate carried a parasol to shade herself from the heat.

By Michael Prieve

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