Orchid hybrid named after Malaysia's King and Queen

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (centre) and his wife were accompanied by Singapore's First Lady Mary Tan at the Botanic Gardens. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (centre) and his wife were accompanied by Singapore's First Lady Mary Tan at the Botanic Gardens. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Malaysia's King and Queen had on orchid named after them on Tuesday during their visit to the National Orchid Garden.

Named the Aranda Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, the flower is a light orange-coloured type of orchid hybrid known as the aranda.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and his wife were accompanied by Singapore's First Lady Mary Tan at the Botanic Gardens.

The royal couple also took a short tour around the orchid garden, stopping by the Tan Soon Siang Mist House, which hosts a selection of rare orchids.

They later visited Gardens by the Bay.

Here on a three day state visit, the royal couple were hosted to a state banquet last night at the Istana by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching will call on them later today.

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