The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

William and Catherine embark on South-east Asia, Pacific tour


LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine bring their royal star power to South-east Asia and the Pacific this week as part of a tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

The nine-day trip will feature Kate Middleton's first speech in a foreign country, as she continues to learn the ropes of the British monarchy following her marriage to William last year.

The tour of Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu will also include a poignant tribute to William's mother Diana Princess of Wales who died in a car crash in Paris 15 years ago.

Britain's younger royals are touring the globe throughout 2012 as part of celebrations marking the 60-year reign of William's grandmother the queen as they seek to maintain their relevance in a changing world.