Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Royal star power in Singapore

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine arrive in Singapore today as part of a nine-day Asia Pacific tour to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The royal couple will first visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid will be named after them and in honour of the late Princess Diana. They will also visit the newly-opened Gardens by the Bay and Rolls Royce aircraft factory in Seletar.

Tomorrow, the couple is expected at Strathmore Green in Queenstown, where they will be welcomed by a cultural performance from residents.

Queenstown is the oldest housing estate in Singapore and was named after Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned in 1953.

The couple is also expected to spend time at the Rainbow Centre to meet special needs children.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan, as well as the British High Commissioner, will host dinners for the royal couple.

After three days in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sabah, Borneo, before heading to the Solomon Islands.

The tour of Singapore is the couple’s first official visit to the country.

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