“You”re very brave, and very handsome”: Kate brings a smile to the face of terminally-ill boy when she gives him a birthday card at hospiceLeukaemia patient, 15, postpones badly-needed blood transfusion so he could meet KateThe Duchess signs his birthday card and tells him he is “very, very brave” and “very handsome”
Royal couple toured a hospice in the Malaysian capital before Kate addressed staff and patientsShe praised the work of Hospis Malaysia and said she and William were “hugely excited” to be in the country
The Royal couple arrived in Kuala Lumpur on a scheduled Malaysian Airlines flight from SingaporeThey were met by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia and were greeted by scores of well-wishers
The Duchess of Cambridge brought a smile to the face of a terminally-ill boy at a hospice in Malaysia today.
Zakwan Anuar, who has acute leukaemia, had “almost given up hope”, according to his mother, and spends most of his days sleeping or crying with pain.
Catching sight of the Duchess, however, his face lit up in a way his mother feared she might never see again.
The 15-year-old was so determined to meet the Duchess that he postponed a badly-needed blood transfusion for 24 hours and put himself through extra pain so he would not miss her visit.
Zakwan Anuar, who has leukaemia, was so determined to meet the Duchess that he postponed a badly-needed blood transfusion for 24 hours
The Duchess chatted with Zakwan for 15 minutes before signing his birthday card and telling him he was “very very brave” and “very handsome”
Message of hope: The birthday greeting written by the Duchess to 15-year-old leukaemia patient Zakwan Anuar
Zakwan, who celebrated his birthday two days ago, summoned the strength to chat to the Duchess for around 15 minutes, telling her she was “very pretty” as she signed a birthday card for him and told him he was “very, very brave” and “very handsome”.
His tearful mother, Norizan Sulong, said: “It was as if the leukaemia had gone.”
The Duchess and the Duke of Cambridge were visiting Hospis Malaysia, the country’s largest centre for care of the terminally ill, on the south side of Kuala Lumpur.
The Duchess, who is patron of a children’s hospice charity in the UK, had specifically asked to visit Hospis Malaysia as part of the couple’s nine-day tour of the Far East, and chose the visit to make her first official speech on foreign soil.
She spoke of how “lives can be transformed” through effective palliative care, and proved her own ability to bring about a transformation in the patients as soon as she arrived.
During a visit to a day room where four terminally-ill children were waiting to meet her, she sat next to Zakwan, who was asleep in his wheelchair when she walked into the room, but who became “more animated than he has been for a long time” when the Duchess entered, according to his mother.
He welcomed the Duchess to Malaysia, and showed her two Agatha Christie books he had got for his birthday.
The Duchess asked him about his treatment and said: “You must be very, very brave. Are you in pain You’re a brave boy. Thank you so much for coming to see me.”
The Duke and Duchess had been asked to draw pictures on two clay tiles that will be hung in the foyer of thehospice
Prince William chats to a young patient at the hospice. The couple spent about 15 minutes chatting to terminally-ill people being treated at the centre
Art attack: The Duchess drew a tree with birds flying over it, left, while Prince William created a rather less accomplished picture of Tom and Jerry, right
Kate delivers her speech at Hospis Malaysia, left. The Royal couple, right, brought a smile to the faces of terminally-ill patients at the centre
The Royal couple”s visit gave children at the hospice “a huge lift”, according to Dr Chong Lee Ai, palliative care doctor at the centre
After signing his birthday card “Happy Birthday Zakwan – Catherine”, she said “happy birthday for two days ago”. The teenager told her “you’re very pretty” and she replied: “Thank you. You’re very handsome.”
The Duke and Duchess had been asked to draw pictures on two clay tiles that will be hung in the foyer of thehospice along with others created by the families of patients who have been treated there as a way of celebrating their lives.
Zakwan said: “The Duchess asked me what she should draw and I said “whatever makes you happy”.”
She drew a tree with birds flying above it, while the Duke drew a rather less accomplished picture of Tom and Jerry.
MrsSulong, 47, a lecturer in business studies, said: “Zakwan is normally very sleepy and in pain, crying, almost giving up hope, but today, my God, it was as if the leukaemia had gone.
“Heis in more pain because he put off his blood transfusion and he needed alot of painkillers, but I don’t see the need for that now. God bless her. I cannot repay that kindness.”
Prince William shakes hands with Richard Robless, council member of Hospis Malaysia, as he arrived with his wife. Kate made her first speech on foreign soil at the hospice
In her speech, the Duchess praised the work of the hospice, describing the centres that care for and support the terminally ill as “life changing”
In the spotlight: The Duchess walks past a row of photographers as she leaves the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, where she addressed staff and patients
TheDuke sat at a separate table next to Linges Warry Apparao, 14, who has agenetic muscle disease called nemaline rod myopathy.
Linges said: “I didn’t know until today that I was going to meet him. I was very excited. He is very nice to talk to.”
DrChong Lee Ai, palliative care doctor at the hospice, said: “It’s given the children a huge lift. Zakwan was in a lot of pain earlier this morning and now he is smiling. Linges hardly ever talks but now she is chatting. This is such a special day for them.”
TheDuchess, who wrote her own speech for the visit, said that through her patronage of East Anglia Children’s Hospices (Each): “I have learnt thatdelivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital.
“Providingchildren and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing.
“Witheffective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support,care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.”
Warm welcome: Schoolchildren wait to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside Hospis Malaysia, waving flags and holding a banner
Rubbing shoulders with royalty: Youngsters look excited as they await the arrival of William and Kate outside the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
She described the hospice as “a very special place” and was “thrilled” that Hospis Malaysia had already been in discussions with Each to find out what eachcharity could learn from the other’s experience.
Duringthe visit the Duke and Duchess also spent time talking to adult patients away from the media, and watched a short presentation about thework of the hospice which included a short, surprise, video clip from staff at the Each hospice in Ipswich.
DrEdnin Hamzah, founder and chief executive of Hospis Malaysia, said he believed the Duchess could become the worldwide figurehead for the hospice movement.
He said: “There is really no world campaign for hospice care so to have a speech like this was full of meaning for what needs to be done.
“Ithink the Duchess could become the champion for the hospice movement worldwide if she wants to take on that mantle. It’s not by chance that we were picked for her first speech abroad, it wasn’t a random thing.”
He added: “She is very natural with the patients, you can see a warmth and connection there.”
Delighted members of staff wave at the smiling Royal couple as they visit Hospis Malaysia, one of only a handful of medical institutions in the Commonwealth country providing support for dying patients
The Royal couple share a smile and a joke with staff. It is hoped their presence at the hospice will send out a messagein the region of the importance of palliative care
“LIVES CAN BE TRANSFORMED WITH EFFECTIVE PALLIATIVE CARE”: KATE”S HEARTFELT SPEECH
“Thank you, Your Royal Highness, for your kind words and such a warm welcome.
“Williamand I are hugely excited to be in Malaysia – this, our first ever visit- and are absolutely delighted to have been invited to join you all here at Hospis Malaysia.
“Itis so exciting to learn about the Country’s very first paediatric palliative care programme and to witness for myself something of the wonderful work of Hospis Malaysia’s superb staff.
“AsPatron of East Anglia Children’s Hospice, a UK based charity, I am thrilled to hear that you have been working with Hospis Malaysia, and that you plan to collaborate as you roll out this new programme.
“Through this Patronage, I have learnt that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital.
“Providingchildren and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing.
“Witheffective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time ofgreat need.
“This is a veryspecial place and so much is already being achieved. It has been wonderful meeting the patients, families and all the staff here – you have given us the most wonderful welcome.
“Thank you again for inviting us here – and all the very best to this exciting new initiative.”
Todate, the Duchess has taken on patronages of only four charities, including Each, which she visited earlier this year and where she made her first major speech on home soil.
ARoyal aide said: “The Duchess realised the hospice movement was something she could support and make a difference with and on an emotional level it’s something she feels very strongly about as well.
“She is making a long-term commitment to this.”
HospisMalaysia, which was set up in 1991, treats around 400 patients at a time through home visits and outpatient care at its premises, and also educates doctors and nurses who can expand the provision of palliative care elsewhere in the country.
Althoughterminal illness is regarded as a taboo subject by the majority of the population, it relies entirely on charitable donations for its 600,000 annual running costs, and treats patients of all ages.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also treated to a spectacular display of Malaysian fruit when they arrived at the Prime Minister”s house today.
The couple were greeted by Mohd. Majib Tun Abdul Razak and his wife Roshmah Mansor at the entrance to their palatial official residence, known as the Seri Perdana Complex.
Katewas presented with a huge bunch of flowers and they signed the visitors” book before having a private chat with the PM and his wife in the blue room.
Arrivals: Prince William and Kate shortly after touching down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The couple were greeted by scores of well-wishers who were hoping to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple
Kate and William toured a hospice based in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, meeting patients, before the Duchess gave her first speech on foreign soil
Handle with care: The Royal couple”s luggage – including their clothes – are loaded by hotel staff into a secure truck as they prepare to leave Singapore
Then they were taken to the veranda look at the enormous display of tropical fruit.
Kate exclaimed “wow” when she saw the display, which included a wall of an orange-coloured fruit called a jack fruit.
She added: “I love unusual fruit” before asking: “What”s that one called”, pointing to a mango-like fruit known as durain.
Also on display was lychee-like fruit cempedak, a white fruit called sour sop and a Malaysian apple known as jambu.
Afterwardsthe couple sat on blue throne-like chairs either side of the PM for a four course lunch in the dining room alongside 50 of the PM”s friends.
Theyate rock lobster salad and and smoked salmon, nutmeg scented butternut pumpkin soup, macadamea nut baked salmon with vegetables and saffron beurre blanc followed by chocolate feuillantine dome with bourbon crme brulee and earl grey ice cream.
They were not served alcohol because Malaysia is a Muslim country so it is considered insensitive to service alcohol at a formal dinner.
The royal couple arrived in Kuala Lumpur on a scheduled Malaysian Airlines flight from Singapore – the first leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour celebrating the Queen”s 60-year reign.
The Duchess stepped off the plane in the same bespoke duck egg blue Jenny Packham dress she wore on her visit to the war graves in Singapore
The Duke and Duchess were met by British High Commissioner to Malaysia Simon Featherstone and escorted to a VIP lounge within Kuala Lumpur International Airport for an informal meeting with Malaysian dignitaries
Meet and greet: William and Kate were introduced to deputy foreign minister Kohilan Pillay Appu, other officials and the High Commissioner”s wife Gail Featherstone
Stepping off the plane in the same duck egg blue dress she wore during a visit to war graves in Singapore, the Duchess looked relaxed and happy and she and her husband waved to scores of well-wishers who were waiting outside the airport to greet them.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess made a moving visit to a Commonwealth war graves cemetery before leaving Singapore.
They laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the Kranji Memorial, situated on a tranquil sun-bathed hill high above the bustling city.
Kate, dressed in a bespoke duck egg blue dress with a lace panel by Jenny Packham, carried a parasol as she and William walked through the rows of white graves, deep in thought.
The Duke and Duchess were met by British High Commissioner to Malaysia Simon Featherstone and escorted toa VIP lounge within Kuala Lumpur International Airport for an informal meeting with Malaysian dignitaries that last around half an hour.
William and Kate were introduced to deputy foreign minister Kohilan Pillay Appu other officials and the HighCommissioner’s wife Gail Featherstone.
In memory: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge bow their heads after laying a wreath at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore
The wreath included a message from William”s grandmother, which read: “In Memory Of The Glorious Dead Elizabeth R and Philip”
The Duke sat down on a plush seat and chatted with the politician who was seated on his right and the royal was soon joined by his wife who chatted with Mrs Featherstone sat close by.
Kate’s speech in Malaysia is only her second public address and reflects her strong interest in the work of hospices.
She is royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and gave her inaugural speech to volunteers and staff at the organisation’s Ipswich hospice earlier this year.
The Duke and Duchess’s visit to the Commonwealth war graves cemetery was their last engagement in Singapore and they arrived to the sound of the Gurkha Contingent Pipers.
They were handed a beautiful wreath of red roses, white lilies and orchids with a message from William’s grandmother, which read: “In Memory Of The Glorious Dead Elizabeth R andPhilip.”
They stepped forward and laid it uponthe Singapore Memorial bearing the names of more than 24,000 Commonwealth casualties from the Second World War, before moving back and bowing their heads in tribute.
The couple then stood proudly as the Last Post was played by a lone bugler followed by a minute”s silence.
How do you do The Duchess chats to a British officer and local dignitaries
Afterwards they were directed to the graves of the men from Z Special Unit, some of the most important in the cemetery which has 4,461 graves in all.
The unit was captured during an heroic attempt to plant mines on the Japanese fleet in Singapore harbour, creeping up on the ships by canoe. Tragically they were executed by their brutal captors just weeks before the end of the war on July 7 1945.
Nine of the men whose graves William and Kate saw were Australian while one, Major Reginald M Ingleton, who was just 26 when he was killed, was a Royal Marine.
Group Captain Clive Coombes, the British Defence Advisor in Singapore, said William was particularly keen to see Z Unit”s graves and was well briefed on their heroics.
He said: “Prince William was well aware of the force”s heroics and was keen to see their resting place. He was very well briefed.”
Before they left to fly to nearby Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia the couple signed a visitor”s book. Prior to the war, Kranji was a military camp and at the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya it was the site of a large ammunition magazine.
On February 8 1942 the Japanese crossed the Johore Straits, landing at the mouth of the Kranji River less than two miles away. Fierce hand-to-hand fighting ensued and the island of Singapore eventually fell. Kranji was then transformed into a prisoner of war camp.
After reoccupation, the small cemetery started by the prisoners at Kranji was developed into a permanent memorial by the Army Graves Service.
Many graves from other parts of the island were transferred and 4,461 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War are now buried or commemorated there.
Tragically, more than 850 burials are still unidentified.
In addition there are 64 burials and commemorations to lives lost in the First World War as well as the Singapore Memorial bearing the names of more than 24,000 casualties of the Commonwealth land and air forces who died during the campaigns in Malaya and Indonesia or in captivity, many of them during construction of the Burma-Thailand railway, who have no known grave.