The Straits Times
Published on Aug 31, 2012

Kate to make 1st speech abroad on Malaysia visit


LONDON (AFP) - Prince William's wife Catherine will make her first speech in a foreign country when the couple visit South-east Asia and the South Pacific next month to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign.

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

The royals are also expected to take part in sporting activities and wear traditional dress 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.