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Kate wears kimono-style dress in Singapore as she and William visit orchid created for Princess Diana which she never got to see

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By REBECCA ENGLISH IN SINGAPORE

Beautiful day: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoying their first official engagement on their nine-day tour of Asia at the stunning Botanical Gardens in Singapore

The Duchess of Cambridge paid homage to the East as she arrived with Prince William in exotic Singapore today - starting the couple's nine day tour of south east Asia and the South Pacific.
Kate was wearing a kimono-style pink dress featuring an orchid pattern by British designer Jenny Packham - an appropriate choice given that their first engagement was a trip to the world famous Botanical Gardens.

Floral tribute: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at an orchid named after Prince William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, during their first engagement in Singapore

The couple received the special honour of having a pink and white hybrid orchid named for them - 15 years after Prince William's mother Diana received the same privilege.
The Duke and Duchess spent a few minutes quietly viewing the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana.

Fitting: The Duchess of Cambridge's dress covered in orchids was a fitting choice for her visit to the National Orchid Garden in Singapore

The Princess had been delighted to have the exotic flower named after her and vowed to see it. But she was killed just two weeks before she could fly out.
Today the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana orchid finally got the royal seal of approval from her eldest son.

Heartfelt: The Duke of Cambridge described the orchid named after his mother as 'beautiful'

Somber William paid tribute to the pure white flower as he made the National Orchid Garden one of the couple's first stops of their Far East tour.
Standing in front of the 3ft plant in 36C temperatures, the prince said: 'It's beautiful... it's beautiful. Did she (Diana) ever come to Singapore?'
Poon Hong Yuen, CEO of the garden, told him she had never seem the plant. William responded: 'It's a shame... It's beautiful... Nice, very nice.'
After a moment of reflection with his wife, the couple viewed a new orchid planted for themselves.

Guided tour: Prince William and Kate were shown around the gardens by CEO of the National Parks Board Poon Hong Yuen

The orchid is the national flower of Singapore and the VIP Orchid Garden is reserved for visiting Heads of State and international dignitaries.
Vanda William Catherine is a free-flowering orchid hybrid specially designed to honour their marriage.
William smiled and chuckled as he joked to Mr Poon that some of the colours of the purple spotted flower matched Kate's dress.

Matching: The Duchess of Cambridge admires the beautiful orchid that has been named after her and Prince William and perfectly matches the colour of her dress

William asked Mr Poon: 'Where will it go in the garden?' After being told it will join her mother's in the VIP area, he added: 'It's very kind. Thank you very much.'
The couple signed a certificate 'William' and 'Catherine' to formally name the orchid.
Founded in 1859 as a pleasure park, the breath-taking 74-hectare park now is now one of Singapore’s most famous attractions and home to the National Orchid Garden which houses more than 60,000 plants.

Surprise: The Duchess of Cambridge looks at the crowds as she arrives with Prince William at the famous Raffles Hotel

The couple also met a number of gardeners and scientists who help design the orchids.
Manager Alan Tan Chye Soon, 42, had been involved in preparations to welcome Diana before tragedy struck in 1997.

Grand: The couple are staying at the world-famous Raffles Hotel, which is celebrating it's 125th birthday this year, where a room can cost upwards of £1,000 a night

Just landed: Britain's Prince William looks on as his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, receives flowers upon their arrival at the VIP terminal of Changi International Airport in Singapore

source: dailymail