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Will and Kate visit Singapore's Botanic Gardens

9:16 AM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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Will and Kate are kicking off their grand tour of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific by stopping to smell the roses - or rather, the orchids.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Singapore's Botanic Gardens today, where they were shown an orchid named after Prince William's mom, Princess Diana.

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The prince was heard praising the bloom, reports the BBC, saying: "It's beautiful."

Diana died in a car crash in August 1997 just weeks before she was due to visit the gardens to see the orchid.

The gardens' manager, Alan Tan Chye Soon, 42, said it was "so sad" Diana did not get chance to see the bloom, but added: "It was like William and Kate are fulfilling her promise today."

The royal twosome also got to see a pink orchid named after them -- the Vanda William Catherine. It's a free-flowering orchid hybrid with white petals, purple red spots and a dark purple edge.

The gardens' chief executive, Hong Yuen Poon, said: "The duke was joking it seemed very well coordinated with the duchess' dress, which seemed true." Kate wore a cream, knee-length silk twill De Gournay hand-painted orchid dress with a kimono-inspired collar by Jenny Packham.

Speaking ahead of their arrival, Antony Phillipson, British high commissioner to Singapore, told the BBC there had been "mounting excitement" about the visit from Will and Kate.

"This is a couple who are global superstars and make the British feel very, very good about themselves -- that's as true in Singapore as anywhere else."

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