Photos: AFP, Reuters, ST, Source: AFP
British royalty have touched down in Singapore. Prince William and his wife Catherine, or the former Kate Middleton, arrived here today (Tues, Sep 11).
This is the first stop on their Southeast Asian and Pacific tour that will last nine days in total and will take them to Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. It also marks Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
The couple went to Singapore's Botanic Gardens, where an orchid was named after them -- an honour reserved for world-famous people and VIP visitors to Singapore.
The Vanda William Catherine, a free-flowering orchid hybrid that is white and purple in colour, was presented to the royal couple by National Parks Board CEO Poon Hong Yuen.
This was also a sentimental journey for them as they looked at the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana, an orchid named after the late princess Diana, and the dendrobium Queen Elizabeth II.
A red carpet was prepared at the Raffles Hotel for their arrival and of course there were crowds of people who had come specially to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
They will be in Singapore until Thursday, Sep 13, after which they will head to Malaysia and Catherine will give her first speech abroad.
View the photos of their visit to Singapore in the gallery below.