September 11, 2012

Prince William, Kate Middleton arrive in Singapore (VIDEO)

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, receives flowers upon their arrival at Changi International Airport in Singapore (EPA)

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how much she enjoys hunting out bargains at one of the UK’s best-known retail outlets.

As she and the Duke of Cambridge arrived in Singapore at the start of a nine-day tour of the Far East, the Duchess told a dignitary of her fondness for shopping at Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.

Sadiah Bte Shahal, who chatted with the Duchess after presenting her with a bouquet of orchids at Changi Airport, said: “We talked about the UK and particularly about shopping at Bicester.

“I said I’ve been there and I love it and she said she does as well.

“She said it’s great how everything is so contained.”

The Duchess is known to have bought outfits from the outlet centre in Bicester, which has become a regular stop-off for tourists from Japan and the Far East on the well-worn coach route from London to Oxford, but it the first time she has discussed it.

The Royal couple arrived at Changi Airport at 2.50pm local time (07.50BST) on a scheduled British Airways flight from Heathrow at the beginning of a trip where they will act as representatives of the Queen to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

They were greeted at the airport by the British High Commissioner, Antony Phillipson, Singapore’s head of protocol Michael Tan and Dr Maliki Osman, Singapore’s senior parliamentary secretary for defence and national development.

Dr Osman said the couple told him they were "excited" to have arrived.

He said: “It's a great honour to have them here in Singapore, for them to be starting their tour here.

“William said he has friends here and he's been told there are lots of wonderful things to see.

“They said they were excited to be here and looking forward to the visit.”

It was Dr Osman’s wife, Sadiah Bte Shahal, who presented the Duchess with the bouquet of tiger orchids and golden shower orchids.

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