Duchess of Cambridge set to make first speech abroad in Malaysia

LONDON - Prince William's wife Catherine is set to make her first speech in a foreign land - Kuala Lumpur.

The royal couple will visit South-East Asia and the South Pacific this month to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign.

The former Kate Middleton would address staff members and patients at a Malaysian hospice, St James's Palace announced.

The royals are also expected to take part in sporting activities and wear traditional costumes when they visit the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, as well as travel by canoe at one point.

The first engagement for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are officially known, will be an orchid naming ceremony in Singapore when flowers will be named after them.

In a poignant moment, the royal couple will see an orchid named after William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died 15 years ago on Aug 31.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary and equerry to the Cambridges, said: "The aim of the tour is to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"The Duke and Duchess will use the tour to pay tribute - through what they do and say and who they meet - to the Queen's lifetime and dedication to the mix of people and cultures that make up all of Her Majesty's realms and the Commonwealth.

"The tour will comprise a mixture of formal and informal moments which reflect these aims and Duke and Duchess' characters and interests."

The royal couple will be in Singapore from Sept 11-13 and then Malaysia, where they will tour Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, from Sept 13-15.

They will be in the Solomon Islands on Sept 16-18 with the final stop in Tuvalu on Sept 18-19.

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