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Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Singapore

Esme Riley
By Esme Riley Published on 11 September 2012

Prince William and Kate Middleton have kicked off their nine-day visit to South East Asia.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive in Singapore for Diamond Jubilee

Kate Middleton


The Royal couple arrived in Singapore this morning for their official trip to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.

Maliki Osman - Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Defence - greeted the pair at Singapore's Changi airport.

He said: "It's a great honour to have them here in Singapore, for them to be starting their tour here."

Wills and Kate, both 30, have begun their visit with a trip to the country's Botanic Gardens, where they were shown an orchid named after the late Princess Diana.

William was overheard saying the plant in tribute to his mother was "beautiful".

Kate was rather appropriately dressed for the occasion in a floral patterned cream dress by her favourite designer Jenny Packham, which she teamed with court shoes and a matching box clutch.

The couple have a busy time ahead - they'll receive an official guard of honour welcome at Istana, the official residence of President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

They'll later have an informal meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a state reception and dinner will be held in their honour.

They will also visit Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. We’re exhausted just hearing about it!

by Esme Riley