The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge began their nine day tour of South East Asia in the Botanical Gardens, marking Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Planted there is the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana – Kate and William also received the same privilege by having a pink and white hybrid orchid named after them.
Princess Diana was extremely excited when she was told she had the exotic flower named after her. However two weeks after she vowed to see it, she was sadly killed in a car crash.
After 15 years the orchid finally got a royal approval from her eldest son William. Prince William said repeatedly, ‘it’s beautiful.. it’s beautiful’ as he stood by the 3ft plant. Kate and Williams plant will join Princess Diana’s in the VIP area of the gardens.
The Vanda William Catherine, a pick and white hybrid orchid, was specially designed to honour the Royal Couples marriage. The Duke and Duchess both signed a certificate to formally name the plant.
During the trip to the Botanical Gardens the Duchess of Cambridge wore a beautiful kimono-styled light pink dress by Jenny Packham, which situated an orchid pattern.
After their visit to the gardens, Will and Kate were taken to Raffles Hotel where they plan to stay throughout their three nights in Singapore. On arrival, Kate received a bunch of orchids by Lynn Choy, daughter of Mrs Annie Choy, the hotel’s director of marketing.
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary and equerry to the Duke and Duchess said: “The Duke and Duchess will use the tour to pay tribute – through what they do and say and who they meet – to the Queen’s lifetime and dedication to the mix of peoples and cultures that make up all of Her Majesty’s realms and the Commonwealth. The tour will comprise a mixture of formal and informal moments which reflect these aims and Duke and Duchess’s characters and interests.”
The Royal Couple are presenting the Queen on Her nine day Diamond Jubilee Tour to South East Asia.
Asia Diamond Jubilee tour schedule;
- Singapore 11th - 13th
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar and Sabah, Borneo) 13th – 15th
- The Solomon Islands 16th – 18th
- Tuvalu 18th - 19th