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Kate received flowers and chatted with members of the crowd. I think many of us (myself included) expected the dinner to be a much more formal affair. However I'm quiet optimistic we will see a tiara yet :)
Prince William inspected the Guard of Honour at the Istana Palace. You can watch a brief video of the inspection here.
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The Duke and Duchess then joined a reception of guests before dinner where they met with the Prime Minister and President.
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The Istana is the official residence and office of the President. Meaning 'palace' in Malay, it is where the president receives and entertains state guests. The 106 acre estate was once part of the extensive nutmeg plantation of Mount Sophia. In 1867, the British colonial government acquired the land and built a mansion to be the home of the British Governor. This continued until 1959 when Singapore was granted self-government.
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A Swan Lake on the grounds of Istana.
The couple sat down at the state banquet with President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
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William gave a speech and spoke about his grandmothers fond memories of Singapore.
'Before we left London, my grandmother told me how very warmly she remembers her three state visits to this remarkable country'.
Guests raise their glasses for William and Kate.
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Kate wore the purple and cream Printed Wool Silk Dress by Singaporean born designer Prabal Gurung (With thanks to Carly and Patricia) We mentioned the talented designer was a strong possibility in the recent What Will Kate Wear During South-East Asia Tour? post and It's wonderful Kate chose a piece by the talented designer for a formal event. Mr Gurung's celebrity clients include Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker and his designs focus on 'quality and innovation'.
The Spring/Summer 2012 dress is currently reduced from £1,770 to £710 and is described as
'Largely purple and cream Rorschach floral printed wool-silk dress from Prabal Gurung. Bateau neck. V-back leads into a concealed zip. Three-quarter-length sleeves. Full silk lining'.
A look at pieces from the Spring 2013 Resort Collection
Kate carried her £450 Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud Clutch.
The Duchess wore her black Prada pumps.
Kate completed the look with her diamond cluster drop earrings and diamond bracelet.
You can watch a video from the dinner at The Telegraph.
A wonderful day and an amazing start to the tour. If you haven't seen today's earlier post on the couple's arrival and visit to the Botanic Gardens you can do so by clicking here.
Thank you all for reading x