Published: Tuesday September 11, 2012 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday September 11, 2012 MYT 8:43:50 PM
Will and Kate’s visit to strengthen M’sia-UK ties
KUALA LUMPUR: The four-day visit to Malaysia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, beginning Thursday, further enhances the prevailing close bilateral relations between the country and the United Kingdom, said the foreign ministry in a statement issued here Tuesday.
The visit of Prince William and Duchess Kate is on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, in conjunction with the celebration to mark the 60-year reign of the Queen.
The ministry said while here, the Duke and Duchess would have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, and attend a royal dinner at the Istana Negara.
Besides the official programme, the royal couple will also visit Hospis Malaysia, a charitable organisation which offers professional palliative care to patients suffering from terminal illnesses.
"The Duchesses of Cambridge, who is the Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, is expected to deliver her maiden public speech overseas," said the statement.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will also attend a special cultural performance to be held at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park, and they will depart for Kota Kinabalu where they will be hosted by the Sabah Government.
"Their Royal Highnesses will end the visit in Malaysia after visiting Danum Valley, a primary tropical rainforest in Sabah," said the statement. - Bernama