Proving once again that she was born to fill this role, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave her first speech on foreign soil today with the usual aplomb she brings to all her public appearances.
Speaking before the staff and families of the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Kate Middleton threw her support behind the group's efforts to help sick children and their families -- a program close to her own heart.
"William and I are hugely excited to be in Malaysia -- this, our first ever visit -- and are absolutely delighted to have been invited to join you all here at Hospis Malaysia," Kate said, reading from notes.
"It is so exciting to learn about the country's very first paediatric palliative care program and to witness for myself something of the wonderful work of Hospis Malaysia's superb staff.
"As Patron of East Anglia Children's Hospice, a UK based charity, I am thrilled to hear that you have been working with Hospis Malaysia, and that you plan to collaborate as you roll out this new program. Through this Patronage, I have learnt that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital."
"Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life-changing. With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need."
"This is a very special place and so much is already being achieved. It has been wonderful meeting the patients, families and all the staff here -- you have given us the most wonderful welcome."
"Thank you again for inviting us here -- and all the very best to this exciting new initiative!" she finished.
Will and Kate are continuing their tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, leaving Singapore for Malaysia where they have viewed a display of unusual fruits as well as visiting the hospital.
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