Singapore president to meet Cameron

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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Singapore’s president Tony Tan Keng Yam will meet David Cameron as his four-day trip to the UK continues.

Dr Tan will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister, having spent yesterday in the company of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

He will spend the evening with the Royal Society where Dr Tan will be presented with the King Charles II Medal for his support for science and innovation, before a banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf.

The state visit, the first by a Singaporean president, comes ahead of the country’s golden jubilee in 2015 – the 50th anniversary of its independence.

Last night the Queen paid tribute to Singapore’s “firm” friendship with the UK as she held a glittering state banquet in honour of the country’s 74-year-old president.

Some 170 guests gathered in the grand Buckingham Palace ballroom as she delivered a speech to mark Dr Tan’s stay.

The event also marked the first appearance of the Duchess of Cambridge since her pregnancy was announced.

Kate, who is just over 12 weeks’ pregnant with her second child, carried out her first engagement for more than two months as she and William greeted Dr Tan and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, before escorting them to Horse Guards Parade for the ceremonial welcome.

Kate, who has been suffering from severe morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum and been forced to cancel a number of engagements, told Mrs Tan: “I’ve been looking forward to getting out of the house, that’s for sure.”

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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