Kate Middleton 'so nervous' about giving Malaysian speech

Eleanor  Young
by Eleanor Young
Kate Middleton first public speech
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Kate Middleton gave her first foreign speech during a visit to a hospice in Malaysia earlier today, paying tribute to the 'life changing' support given to families by staff.

And afterwards, she admitted she had been 'so nervous' and was 'very that it's over with'.

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Looking a little unsure, the Duchess of Cambridge took to the stage at the Hospis Malaysia to give her short address, clutching a handful of printed pages containing her speech, in case she needed a reminder.

Glancing down at the words frequently, Kate began by saying she and Prince William were 'hugely excited' to be in the country, before going on to praise the hospice's care programme.

'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,' she said.

'It is so exciting to learn about the country’s very first paediatric palliative care programme and to witness for myself something of the wonderful work of Hospis Malaysia’s superb staff.'

Relaxing as she got into the swing of her speech, Kate continued: '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 programme.

'Through this Patronage, I have learnt that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital.'

Kate finished to a round of applause, concluding: '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!'

Afterwards, the the Duchess spoke of her relief that her second public speech went without a hitch, revealing at a state dinner: 'I was so nervous and I am very glad that it's over with.

'There was an amazing atmosphere.'

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Prince William and Kate Middleton touched down in the capital of Kuala Lumpur this morning, arriving on a scheduled Malaysian Airlines flight from Singapore, instead of their private jet.

Earlier today, William and Kate visited a Commonwealth memorial, braving soaring temperatures to pay tribute to troops lost in the Second World War.

Kate Middleton shaded her pretty duck egg blue Jenny Packham dress from the sun with a dainty parasol, stepping out in her trademark L.K. Bennett nude heels.

The Duchess has scored style hits in an impressive array of designer dresses since setting off on her Diamond Jubilee tour with Prince William, including Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Raoul and Prabal Gurung.

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