The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate concluded their tour in Malaysia today.

Today is the end of the three-days Diamond Jubilee tour to Malaysia by Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They would fly to Solomon Island today to continue their Asia-Pacific tour representing Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee celebration marking sixty years of Prince William’s grandmother to the throne of United Kingdom. How lovely that we have the very much talked about royal couple, William and Kate to come to Malaysia for an official visit that ended today. I have written a post regarding the beginning of their visit few days earlier and now I would post more photos of their visit taken from The Star Online Gallery.

Prince William had spoken that he and Kate are extremely delighted to be in Malaysia. However, I find that their days here are too short and definitely insufficient enough for them to truly enjoy and experience the beauty and uniqueness of Malaysia. Hope that they would come again in near future, perhaps not in official visit that comes in tight schedule as observed in this recent tour. From this visit also do we learnt that William dislikes durian as introduced by our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a luncheon hosted on the first day (last Thursday) the royal couple arrived in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

And so, Kate had been complimented over the delivery of her first oversea speech at Hospis Malaysia. And she is further praised in showing respect by wearing hijab (a scarf over head) during their visit to the mosque at KLCC Park on Friday’s morning. Both of them also took off their shoes in respect of the rules in entering mosque. The most happening thing is that over thousand of people gathered at KLCC Park to catch a glimpse of the royal couple who had around half an hour with the crowd there for some time of quick chat and hand shaking. That is very generous of them. They then enjoyed a short cultural performance in the park before leaving to nearby Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for a business luncheon hosted by British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce when Prince William delivered his speech.

Earlier, the royal couple had also attended a dinner with the King of Malaysia (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong) in the newly-built National Palace on Thursday’s evening. The royal couple looked so elegant during their three-days visit in Malaysia, particularly Kate who still looks very stunning despite on simple dress wore on the day they were at KLCC Park. Yesterday, they were in Sabah to visit Danum Valley, their final stop in Malaysia before flying off to Solomon Island today to continue their tour. At the valley where a primary Borneo tropical rainforest is located, both of them jungle-trekked and even had a walk through a long hanging canopy in the rainforest. That’s the time for them to enjoy the beauty of rainforest in Malaysia. Today is the end of their much anticipated visit in Malaysia and let’s hope that they left this place with memorable and delighted feeling to return once again soon.

(For more images of their visit in Malaysia, you can find more from The Star Online Gallery and even from many other sources reporting this visit also).


Highlight: Prince William and Kate in Malaysia for Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine Middleton arrived here in Malaysia today for the Asia-Pacific tour marking the Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee this year (his grandmother’s sixty years of reign of United Kingdom). The couple earlier visited Singapore, and after visiting Malaysia, they would be flying to Solomon Island if I’m not mistaken as the last stop of the royal visit. How nice that Malaysia (one of the many Commonwealth nations) is picked as one of the destinations in the diamond jubilee tour.

Today, the royal couple are finally here, arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, welcomed by a huge crowd and people from media worldwide responsible on following up the couple’s tour in the capital of Malaysia, KL. I believe this is the first time they came  to Malaysia, and that marked another royal visit to Malaysia from UK 14 years after the previous visit back in September 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II herself to officiate the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur that time. William and Kate, welcome to Malaysia! Have a nice trip ahead!

Today, the couple’s schedule was to have a luncheon with Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, then a visit to Hospis Malaysia (a charitable organization for patients with life-limiting illness). Kate delivered her first oversea speech here at Hospis too which is quite anticipated in the tour. Then, they proceeded to a dinner with the King (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong) in the newly-built National Palace. Tomorrow, they would have a walk at KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) Park and that is a great opportunity for the public to catch a glimpse of them. Later, they would attend a business luncheon hosted by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce before flying to Sabah that afternoon. On Saturday, they would be in Sabah to visit Danum Valley, a primary tropical rainforest in Borneo Island. A day to enjoy the beauty of nature in Malaysia to the royal couple.

(Two images above are from The Star Online Gallery)

It appears that William and Kate would be quite busy on their three-day visit to Malaysia. Hope that they can have some free time to truly enjoy Malaysian lifestyle and experience. Try our famous local food here, or why not a shopping tour at Bukit Bintang? Since they would be going to KLCC tomorrow, it’s a nice opportunity for them to go up to the highest observatory of the Petronas Twin Tower to enjoy breathtaking view over the city. Let’s hope that they are enjoying their time here in Malaysia and they would be very welcomed to return anytime even not in official visit.

The Royal Wedding Day

Back early to home today from campus and is able to catch the live broadcast of the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, whom are now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The venues for the processions include Westminster Abbey, the church where the ceremony is held, Buckingham Palace, as well as Goring Hotel where Kate leaved from there.

At the beginning of the live broadcast, there were already thousand of people surrounding the area tight with security measures. The atmosphere is very good and the side of the guarded streets are very happening with people cheering and celebrating the royal wedding. Many people from different countries like Australia, Canada and France also joined in the celebration alongside with the people of United Kingdom where today is declared as public holiday for the nation.

Luxurious cars are seen fetching the VIPs; the princes and princesses, the family of the bride, and of course Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whom received the most cheer and applause besides than her grandson, Prince William whom is still the main character for the big day. Famous guests were seen in the church like the Australian Prime Minister, UK Prime Minister, David and Victoria Beckham, King and Queen of Malaysia (my country), and many others.

Finally, everyone is present in the church including the last one to arrive, Catherine Middleton herself from Goring Hotel with her dad and dressed with a beautiful gown which caught the most attention of the media as the design of it is not exposed till today. The processions in the beautiful long church go smoothly as planned and the couple is officially married as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince William now solidify his position of second in line of the throne, just behind his father, Prince Charles.

Then, here came the much anticipated carriages which brought the couple, the parents of the couple, brothers of the couple, as well as Queen Elizabeth with Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. The carriages is part of the important tradition for British royal family which received full attention from the people waiting outside to catch a glimpse of the VIPs. I saw a lot of cameras with huge and long lens, all ready to take as many photographs as possible.

The day is quite gloomy and luckily there is no rain halting the procession. All the VIPs eventually reached Buckingham Palace after the church procession is settled. The public is then allowed to get closer to the palace around the Victoria Memorial, a grand looking sculpture in front of the palace overlooking a long wide royal path. They are all waiting for the time to come, when Prince William and Catherine finally walked out of the balcony at the center, waved to the crowd and kissed romantically twice with loud applause and cheer from the uncountable crowd. The crowd is then thrilled by the flypass that marks the end of the broadcast.

It is now almost 12am in Malaysia, showing that the day is almost over here in Malaysia but not for England yet because it’s only 5pm afternoon there. There are still quite a lot of things to do for them like the wedding dinner later as well as wedding breakfast tomorrow’s morning which are of course will not be broadcast as these are merely private functions. For the show, I watched majority of it and it is definitely a perfect grand wedding, now commonly recognized as the wedding of the century. Many people are now talking about it everywhere especially on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. There will be repeat of the show in a lot of channels too.

I’m not involved on this wedding but the scale and grandness as well as the media attention of it really influencing me a lot. So, I kind of enjoying the wedding too. Congratulation to William and Kate! Year 2011 has been brought lively back with such a grand celebration despite the year is full of tragedies like natural disasters and wars. In 2011, we saw a grand royal wedding celebration in UK, and by 2012, we will see the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II as well as the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. There is so much important events going on and soon for England.

(The photos above are not mine and are from this Facebook photo album except for the first and last photos:!/media/set/fbx/?set=a.136593346405728.25291.134390929959303)