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Old 09-10-2012, 06:23 PM
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As you'd expect, preparations are well under way for the visit of TRH to Singapore. *Here you can see the orchid named after Diana, which William and Kate will see at the Singapore Orchid Garden.
Still remember Diana was supposed to visit Singapore in Dec 1997 to attend a Aids awareness event (if I remember correctly). The Orchid naming was supposed to be part of her programme in Singapore. I was so excited but then came the sad news in Aug. Queen Noor of Jordan eventually attended the event in place of Diana in Dec 1997.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:10 PM
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While I am looking forward to reports of the tour, I am aware of just how much actual work will be involved for both William and Catherine. They will be briefed for every stop on the tour. A potted history of the place and the actual people they will be meeting and any political pitfalls for them. They will have to be up with the play, greeting people by name or title and knowing enough to look and sound like they have a personal interest in where they are and who they are talking to.

All of this is very mentally intensive and if they are to "perform" up to the established level of "The Firm" they will be mentally and physically exhausted if for no other reason that they are not used to this style of life. Yes they will have fun moments and memories to treasure but it will not come without a hefty amount of very hard work.

As far as William is concerned I am impressed that he is willing to do such tours with all they entail while he is still holding down a full time job and, since Catherine is fairly new to all this, she is taking her lead from him. It is quite a heavy responsibility for him to undertake on behalf of his Grandmother.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:54 PM
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Hear hear!! Well said, MARG. Those are the things people often forget when the lives of the Duke and Duchess are discussed. It isn't all glamorous. I can't imagine the stress of all that on top of having tried to sleep well on a plane (although I'm sure they have the pull out bed-seats). Having recently traveled to and form Australia, I can say that I just wasn't myself the two or three days after flying, both ways. I would NOT be in the mood to mix and mingle at that point.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:09 PM
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Can you imagine landing after that long of a flight and then having to go the botanical gardens and then getting ready for a state dinner that night, possibly her first tiara event. More power to them both. What a first day!
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:16 PM
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3 hours to go till touchdown
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:07 AM
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Woo Hoo! Is it wrong that I am this excited about this tour? I think Kate is going to just shine. You are on the west coast, right? Me too... Keeping these times straight is going to be interesting.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:24 AM
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Am on the way to the Botanic Garden. Drizzling now...hopefully I can catch the royal couple today. It's not supposed to be a open to public event but just going to try my luck.
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Am on the way to the Botanic Garden. Drizzling now...hopefully I can catch the royal couple today. It's not supposed to be a open to public event but just going to try my luck.
Best of luck to you
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:57 AM
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I'm excited about this tour too. I can't wait for some video coverage.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:02 AM
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First look at the Diana orchid
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#RoyalTour what #William and #Kate are coming to see, you get to see first: the Diana Orchid. #botanicgardens
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Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter William and Kate are staying at Raffles Hotel, named after Singapore's founder Sir Stamford Raffles. The Queen stayed there in 2006.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:00 AM
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Gorgeous orchid! I can't wait to see the orchids named after Their Royal Highnesses!
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:03 AM
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here we goooo

Wills and Kate are delayed
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:14 AM
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Haha! I thought that was a huge fan! Didn't realize it was an airport employee preparing a good welcome :)
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:30 AM
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They're here!!!
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richard palmer ‏@royalreporter the duke and duchess of cambridge have arrived in singapore at the start of a nine-day tour of south-east asia and the south pacific.
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Mark Stewart ‏@RegalEyes The Orchid Vanda William and Catherine named after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Singapore today http://pic.twitter.com/7K0ocYrN
They're Orchid!
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HELLO! ‏@hellomag The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Singapore, keep your eyes peeled for more updates and pictures
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:37 AM
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They're Orchid!
OOoOOooOooooh!!!! What an interesting flower!
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:39 AM
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OOoOOooOooooh!!!! What an interesting flower!
I wonder if Kate will wear it somehow? Maybe on her hair at one of these dinners?
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:41 AM
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A very interesting idea! I wonder how the florists would feel about snipping flowers off such a prized orchid...
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it's a pity we don't have live coverage
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:50 AM
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it's a pity we don't have live coverage
We have the next-best thing thanks to ghost_night554 and Twitter!
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The Duchess of Cambridge is today wearing a pink kimono style dress with an orchid pattern by Jenny Packham on arrival in Singapore
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