Duchess Catherine

Duchess Catherine

Britain's Duchess Catherine made her first speech overseas today (13.09.12).

The brunette royal and her husband Prince William arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this morning following a two-day tour of Singapore - and the Duchess of Cambridge insisted the couple were "hugely excited" to be in the country as part of their nine-day Diamond Jubilee tour of Asia.

Catherine toured a hospice in the Malaysian capital, where she addressed staff and patients and praised the work of Hospis Malaysia, a charitable organisation which cares for and supports terminally ill patients, saying such centres as "simply life changing".

Speaking slowly through a PA system, she said: "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."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited the Malaysian Prime Minster's house, known as the Seri Perdana Complex, where she was given a bunch of flowers, and the pair were treated to a stunning display of Malaysian fruit.

The couple enjoyed a four-course lunch - which consisted of lobster salad and smoked salmon, nutmeg scented butternut pumpkin soup, and chocolate feuillantine dome with bourbon crème brulee and earl grey ice cream - in the dining room with the prime minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, and 50 of his friends.