Kate and William set off on royal tour

Kate and William on their first royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take a nine day tour of Asia as part of jubilee celebrations

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on their first royal tour of Asia, due to land in Singapore this afternoon.

Prince William and Catherine will kick off a nine-day tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific as part of celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond Jubilee.

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Once they land at Changi airport, the first stop on the packed royal schedule will be at Singapore’s national orchid garden where the couple will be presented with an orchid named after them, an honour that has previously been afforded to Princess Diana and the Queen.

As the young royals make their way through Singapore, Malaysia and the Solomon Islands among other destinations on their fleeting tour, all eyes will be on what the Duchess has brought in her suitcase.

Speculation has already begun over what she will wear on the first dinner of the tour, to take place at Singapore President Tony Tan’s official residence this evening as the couple round off the first of their three days in Singapore.

She is expected to wow the crowds in a ball gown, either a local or British designer, and is speculated to have packed a holiday wardrobe including nods to Singaporean and other local fashion designers.

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There have been whisperings about the Duchess wearing one of her favourite shoe designers, Malaysian label Jimmy Choo, perhaps later in the tour as they reach the designer’s home.

Many of the couple’s charity commitments, government meetings, and other engagements squeezed into the brief international tour have been personally selected by the Queen as the celebrations serve to mark her 60-year reign.

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