Photos: Kate Middleton Makes First Overseas Speech in Malaysia [VIDEO + PHOTOS]
By Sanskrity Sinha | Sep 13, 2012 10:50 PM EDT
Kate Middleton delivered her first official speech abroad on 13 September at Hospis Malaysia, a charitable organisation that offers palliative care to patients suffering from terminal illness.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is on a nine-day tour of Asia with Prince William to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee, gave an emotional speech on the importance of giving palliative care to children.
“Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life-changing,” Catherine, who is a patron of East Anglia Children's Hospice, a UK-based charity, said. “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.”
The Hospis centre in Kuala Lumpur is the country’s first paediatric palliative care provider. Kate praised the efforts of Hospis staff for their work.
"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,” she said.
During her speech, Kate seemed delighted by the warmth William and she received in Malaysia and that they were “hugely excited” to be in Malaysia, on their first visit to the country.
William and Kate also met the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, at his residence. The royal couple arrived in Malaysia from Singapore, the first leg of their Asia tour, where their last engagement was a visit to a World War memorial.
In Malaysia, William and Kate will visit the Malaysian rainforest and take part in some sporting activities.
“The Duke's interest in conservation and ecology will see Their Royal Highnesses visit the rainforest jungles of the Malaysian state of Sabah, where they will climb up into the canopy. In Tuvalu, The Duke is likely to learn about the concerns residents have about rising sea levels due to climate change,” the official website of the Prince of Wales says.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will conclude their Far East tour with visit to the South Pacific - to the Solomon Islands, where they will wear traditional dress, and Tuvalu, to which they will travel by canoe.
wave to staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.Source: REUTERS Date:09/15/2012
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.Source: REUTERS Date:09/13/2012
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are greeted upon arrival at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.Source: REUTERS Date:09/13/2012
Preschoolers wave Malaysian flags as they wait for the arrival of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in Kuala Lumpur.Source: Reuters Date:09/14/2012
Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor, pose at Najib's residence in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur.Source: REUTERS Date:09/13/2012
Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and Najib's deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, talk at Najib's residence in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur.Source: REUTERS Date:09/13/2012