Duchess of Cambridge Gives First Foreign Speech in Kuala Lumpur

Posted on September 13, 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge gave her first overseas speech at the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Catherine said, "As Patron of East Anglia Children's Hospice, a UK based charity, I am thrilled to hear that you have been working with Hospis Malaysia, and that you plan to collaborate as you roll out this new programme. 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 Duchess had typed notes, but frequently made eye contact with the audience. She has a lovely speaking voice and didn't rush: she's clearly had speech training. We think she's off to a great start in her public life. She and her husband Prince William are on a tour as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration. Catherine wore a custom made blue dress by Jenny Packham for the event. Take a look: