Malaysia

Prince William and wife arrive for official visit

SEPANG, Sept 13 — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today to begin their four-day official visit.

Malaysia is their second destination after Singapore of a nine-day tour of the Far East, as representatives to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in conjunction with the celebration to mark the 60-year reign of the Queen.

Prince William and Catherine arrive at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on September 13, 2012. — Reuters picPrince William and Catherine arrive at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on September 13, 2012. — Reuters picAs the aircraft carrying the royal couple landed at the airport around noon, scores of media photographers waited patiently at the royal motorcade parked at the terminal.

Media reports had indicated some 100 foreign journalists and photographers from the United Kingdom, America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, China, France and Indonesia are in the country to cover the visit.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday said the visit not only signifies the prevailing close bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom, but also expected to further enhance the existing friendly relations between both countries.

The couple were then ushered to their motorcade to Putrajaya where the royal couple would call on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at the prime minister’s official residence Seri Perdana before attending a luncheon with them.

Fans of the royal couple who had gathered at the airport also took the opportunity to take photos of the royal couple.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, and attend a royal dinner at Istana Negara this evening.

During their stay here, the royal couple are expected to visit Hospis Malaysia, a charitable organisation which offers professional palliative care to patients suffering from life-limited illnesses, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park and Danum Valley, a primary tropical rainforest in Sabah.

They are scheduled to leave for Solomon Islands on Sunday to proceed with their tour. — Bernama

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