Kate to greet Singapore president

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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The Duchess of Cambridge is expected today to take part in her first royal engagement since it was announced she is expecting her second child.

The president of Singapore will be formally welcomed to the UK by the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as he begins a historic state visit.

Tony Tan Keng Yam, 74, is the first Singaporean head of state to make a state trip to Britain and he will spend his four-day trip conducting a busy round of meetings, visits and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

The event will be the first time Kate has been seen at an official engagement since it was announced, six weeks ago, that she is expecting her second child and is suffering from another bout of the rare form of morning sickness hyperemesis gravidarum.

A series of royal engagements was cancelled after her pregnancy was made public on September 8 but her condition is understood to be improving and the couple confirmed yesterday the baby is due in April.

This evening the Duchess will attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 awards ceremony in her role as patron of the Natural History Museum which is hosting the event it co-owns.

Kate’s last official event was in early August when she visited the Tower of London with William and Prince Harry to see the First World War ceramic poppy installation.

Today Kate and William will greet the president and his wife Mary at the exclusive Royal Garden Hotel close to their Kensington Palace home in central London.

It is believed the last time the two couples met was in September 2012 when the Cambridges visited Singapore during their Diamond Jubilee tour of south east Asia and the south Pacific.

The foursome will travel together to Horse Guards Parade, where the Singaporean leader will receive a full ceremonial welcome and inspect a guard of honour of 96 servicemen and officers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will also formally greet the foreign leader and his wife at Horse Guards Parade.

Later, after a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will take the president and his wife on a tour of an exhibition of Singapore-related items, from the Royal Collection, in the picture gallery.

In the evening the Queen will host a state banquet at the palace for her guest and both heads of state will make speeches.

Tomorrow the president will hold bilateral talks with Mr Cameron and will also be guest of honour at a banquet at the Guildhall given by the lord mayor.

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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