The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge gives 1st speech abroad


KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - Prince William's wife, Kate, has stressed the importance of specialised medical care for seriously ill children in her first speech outside the United Kingdom.

The Duchess of Cambridge said on Thursday while visiting a Malaysian hospice that "lives can be transformed" by providing places of support for child patients and their families.

Kate delivered a short speech from a prepared text. She read slowly, looking up and smiling occasionally at the hospice's staff and patients.

William and Kate arrived in Malaysia on Thursday after visiting Singapore. They had lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and other government officials before visiting a hospice in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.