Kate Middleton Delivers First Foreign Speech in Malaysia (PHOTOS & VIDEO)


Kate Middleton marked another royal first on Thursday, delivering a speech on foreign soil during her and Prince William's Diamond Jubilee tour in Southeast Asia.

Dressed in a pale-blue Jenny Packman frock, the Duchess of Cambridge addressed a crowd of staff and parents at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

"William and I are hugely excited to be in Malaysia — this is our first-ever visit — and are absolutely delighted to have been invited to join you all here at Hospis Malaysia," she said. "It is so exciting to learn about the country’s very first pediatric palliative care program and to witness for myself something of the wonderful work of Hospis Malaysia’s superb staff."

What else did William's wife have to say?

In her two-minute speech, Middleton praised the hospice care facility and stressed the important of specialized care for seriously ill children.

"As Patron of East Anglia Children’s Hospice, a UK-based charity...I have learned that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital," she said. "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," she continued. "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."

During her and William's visit at the hospice, the couple bonded with young patients and their caretakers, a British High Commission official said. The young royals only arrived in Malaysia early Thursday after flying in from Singapore, where they kicked off their nine-day Jubilee tour that will next take them to the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

The speech — see video below — is only the second public address for Middleton since her royal wedding. The Duchess gave her first oration in March, at home in England at a children's hospice.

 

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