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Duchess got butterflies before speech

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge at Kranji War Memorial in Singapore yesterday during the Royal tour of the Far East

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The Duchess of Cambridge confessed last night that she had been "nervous" about giving her first speech on foreign soil.

Kate had addressed staff and supporters of a Malaysian hospice earlier in the day, praising institutions that provide care and support to the terminally ill.

She had appeared relaxed during the address and although she spoke slowly, was in far greater control of her nerves than her first public speech in March.

The Duchess' admission came as she and the Duke attended a lavish dinner thrown by the head of state of Malaysia.

Kate and her husband William, on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East, were guests at the opulent Istana Negara Palace in Kuala Lumpur at the start of a four-day visit to the Commonwealth country. At one point she was asked about her speech and replied: "I was so nervous and I am very glad that it is over with."

William and staff from the institution based in Kuala Lumpur listened as the Duchess highlighted how she had learnt the importance of palliative care through her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The dinner was a glittering occasion with the Duchess looking every inch the fairytale princess. In line with religious protocol, Kate kept the tops of her arms covered.

But she still stood out – not just because of her exquisitely embroidered white Alexander McQueen dress, but because she towered over her hosts in four inch satin heels.

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