Royal couple to visit Queenstown on S'pore trip

RESIDENTS of Queenstown are in for a royal treat next month.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Prince William and wife Catherine - will visit the Strathmore Green precinct in the residential district, during their trip to Singapore from Sept 11 to 13.

Scheduled for the second day of their trip, the couple will view a cultural performance there and also interact with residents, said the British High Commission in Singapore yesterday at a media briefing.

Queenstown, Singapore's first housing estate, was named after Queen Elizabeth II to mark her coronation in 1953.

While in Queenstown, the couple will also visit the Rainbow Centre, where they will meet special-needs children.

Their visit to Singapore is part of a global tour by members of the royal family, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, her 60th year on the throne.

It will be Prince William and Catherine's first time in Singapore as Duke and Duchess.

As part of their itinerary, the couple will visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid will be named in their honour. They will also be shown an orchid named after the Princess of Wales, the late Princess Diana - Prince William's mother - who did not get to see it herself.

They will call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana.

The Duke and Duchess will also tour Gardens by the Bay and pay their respects to fallen World War II soldiers at the Kranji War Memorial.

Singaporeans who wish to meet the royal couple can take part in a Facebook photo contest organised by the British High Commission.

Participants will have to send in a photograph which captures the theme "Best of Britain in Singapore", with an accompanying write-up. Details can be found at www.facebook.com/UKinSG

After Singapore, the Duke and Duchess will make their way to Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

adrianl@sph.com.sg


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