William and Kate have departed from London and are scheduled to arrive at Changi International Airport at 2 p.m. SGT. For those of you hoping to follow tour events as they happen, is the time difference difficult to contend with where you are? We're seven hours behind Singapore here in London, so copious amounts of coffee are likely to be consumed over the next nine days :) Unlike the Canada tour, today's departure was a private one.
|Caroline Alton BBC|
If you are in Singapore and hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple Channel News Asia released information on where the public can see William and Kate with specific times.
|Channel News Asia|
The Cambridges will be staying in one of Singapore's most striking landmarks, Raffles Hotel. The luxurious hotel lies in the heart of the city and is no stranger to royal guests. The Queen and Prince Philip stayed there during their state tour of Singapore and it seems a fitting choice for William and Kate.
Mr Pierre Jochem, General Manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore and Regional Vice President, Operations, Asia Pacific, Raffles Hotels & Resorts said:
"We are delighted that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be staying with us at Raffles Hotel, and that we are to play a small part in Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Their visit is particularly exciting for us as it comes a week before our 125th anniversary celebrations. In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh honoured us by staying at Raffles Hotel during their State Visit to Singapore, so to now have the opportunity to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in this Jubilee and Olympic year, will be a very special pleasure for all of us at Raffles Hotel."
A look at the Grand Hotel Suite.
The Presidential Suite bedroom.
And the Grand Hotel Suite Verandah.
With a hectic schedule and jet lag to contend with perhaps Kate will pay a visit to Raffles world famous spa?
The stunning hotel photographed at night.
William and Kate are most likely resting before their arrival and making last minute preparations. Kate will be getting her hair done, changing into her arrival outfit, applying her skincare products (reportedly Karin Herzog) and make up. Amanda Cook-Tucker will be perfecting Kate's hair. Do you have any style predictions? Are you all excited about the tour? :)
See you all when William and Kate arrive!