September 14, 2012

Kate Helps Leukemia Sufferer To Smile Again

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets leukemia sufferer Zakwan Anuar, 15, at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

THE mother of a dying boy says meeting the Duchess of Cambridge was a godsend for her son, who smiled "as if the leukemia had gone".

William and Catherine visited a groundbreaking palliative care facility for children on day one of their first visit to Malaysia.


The royal couple have been wined and dined by dignitaries and heads of state.

But they mirrored the late Princess Diana in the way they related to the common person, in particular children.

Leukaemia patient Zakwan Anuar, who turned 15 two days ago, said postponing a badly-needed blood transfusion was a small price to pay for meeting the Duchess.
His mother said that Kate, who lavished attention on her son, had helped him find his smile again.

"(He had) almost given up hope," she said, adding that Zakwan had been spending his days sleeping and crying with pain.


Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, looks at the headstones during her visit to the Kranji Memorial Cemetery in Singapore.

"Today, my God, it was as if the leukaemia had gone."

Kate, who is Patron of East Anglia Children's Hospice, chose the venue for her first speech on foreign soil.

"Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing," she told the gathering at Hospis Malaysia on the south side of Kuala Lumpur.


Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, pay their respects at the Kranji Commonwealth War Memorial in Singapore.

The royal couple then attended an opulent dinner thrown by the Malaysian King - His Majesty The Agong - at Istana Negara palace.

William was gifted a warrior sword while Kate got peep toe shoes and a clutch.

Kate paid homage to her hosts by wearing a cream dress exquisitely embroidered with the Malaysian flower, the hibiscus, in gold detail.


Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at the Kranji Commonwealth War Memorial in Singapore.

It's the second time she has worn a dress by British designer Alexander McQueen so far on her nine-day tour of the region.

Rumours were circulating the Duchess might borrow one of the Queen's tiaras to complete her look but she opted instead for a bracelet and earrings from Her Royal Highness's private collection.

She towered over her hosts in a pair of four-inch satin heels and kept the tops of her arms covered in line with religious protocol in the Muslim country.
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