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Diamond Jubilee Tour

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in September 2012 on behalf of The Duke's grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.

The visit, which saw Their Royal Highnesses officially represent The Queen in these Commonwealth nations, formed part of a series of overseas tours celebrating Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee by members of the Royal family.

These destinations were personally chosen by The Queen to highlight the importance Her Majesty places on these nations and their relationship to the UK. The Duke and Duchess brought their own mix of formal and informal moments to the tour, as well as visiting a number of projects that reflected their own interests such as conservation and the hospice movement.

Arriving in Singapore on 11th September, The Duke and Duchess went to the Botanic Gardens where they took part in an Orchid naming ceremony in their honour and visited the Orchid named after The Duke's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

During the visit to Singapore, Their Royal Highnesses also visited Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery, wishing to pay their respects to the thousands of British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who lost their lives in the defence of Singapore.

In Malaysia, The Duchess spoke about a subject she is passionate about in her first speech during an overseas tour. Visiting Hospis Malaysia, The Duchess was keen to learn more about how the hospice movement works in Malaysia.

Her Royal Highness is Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and spoke warmly about her visit: "Through this Patronage, I have learnt that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital. Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing. With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.

"This is a very special place and so much is already being achieved. It has been wonderful meeting the patients, families and all the staff here - you have given us the most wonderful welcome."

Their Royal Highnesses also had the opportunity to visit Sabah, which is home to some of the last remaining areas of primary tropical rainforest in South East Asia and reflects The Duke's longstanding interest in conservation.

The Royal Society, of which The Duke is a fellow, runs a research centre deep in the jungle.

Arriving in the Solomon Islands on Sunday 16th September, The Duke and Duchess had a busy two days of engagements where they were given an extremely memorable stay.

During their stay, the couple travelled to a memorial in Honiara to the Coast Watchers where they laid a wreath for the Allied and Commonwealth soldiers and Solomon Islanders who significantly contributed to the Allies' war effort in the South Pacific.

Ending their tour in Tuvalu, The Duke and Duchess were given a wonderful traditional welcome ceremony by its people. Their Royal Highnesses' visit to Tuvalu is the first Royal visit since 1982 when The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited.

The Duke and Duchess were honoured to be asked to represent The Queen to the people of Tuvalu for the Diamond Jubilee.

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