Britain’s Catherine gives first public speech overseas

Updated 11:06 PM EDT, Thu September 13, 2012

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Duke, Duchess of Cambridge pay respects at Singapore's war cemetery

They then arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; PM hosts couple for lunch

Malaysia's king, with queen and Sultan of Kedah, host couple for dinner

They are in Malaysia as part of tour to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

(CNN) —  

Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, arrived Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public speech outside the UK.

It is the royal couple’s second stop in their southeast Asian tour of Commonwealth nations to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

The duke and duchess ended their earlier visit in Singapore by paying their respects at the Kranji War Cemetery, a former site of a prisoner of war camp when the Japanese occupied Singapore during WWII. The war cemetery now holds the graves of nearly 4,500 Commonwealth casualties, including 850 that remain unidentified.

They laid a wreath and also stopped at the Singapore Memorial, which honors the 24,000 casualties of Commonwealth land and air forces in southern Asia who have no known grave.

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The couple then took a short flight to Kuala Lumpur, where they had lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak at his official residence, the Seri Perdana.

Afterwards, the couple visited Hospis Malaysia, a hospice for terminally ill children and adults. While there, the duchess – the patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – addressed patients and staff in her second ever public speech.