William & Kate's Itinerary in the Asia Pacific: an Overview
09/08/2012 AT 12:15 PM EDT
"The destinations were chosen by the Queen for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which underlines the importance that Her Majesty attaches to these significant nations in Southeast Asia, and their relationship to the United Kingdom, and to two of Her Majesty's realms in the South Pacific," St. James Palace officials said in a statement.
First, though, the couple enjoyed some downtime on a short holiday, the Palace said. According to French reports, the pair were vacationing in Provence, France, at the luxurious Chateau d'Autet resort.
What follows here is an overview of what's anticipated on the royal adventure in Asia:
Sept. 11, Singapore
Following a mid-afternoon arrival in Singapore, the pair will go directly from the airport to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid will be named in their honor. Later, they will attend a dinner hosted by the President of Singapore at his residence, where the Duke will be invited to deliver an address on behalf of the Queen.
Sept. 12, Singapore
Beginning with a visit to Gardens by the Bay, William and Kate will climb the area's artificial mountain. From there, they will plant a tree at the Colonial Garden. Next, they'll tour the Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory in Seletar, where they'll unveil the first operational engine produced there. The day will also consist of a visit to the Rainbow Center school for children with special needs, then end with a reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence.
Sept. 13, Singapore and Malaysia
The day will start with the laying of a wreath at the Kranji War Cemetery, followed by flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to attend a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister in his official residence. Next is a visit to Hospis Malaysia, where they will unveil a plaque and meet with children and adults living in the center. Dinner will be hosted by His Majesty, The Agong, at his official residence.
Sept. 14, Malaysia
William and Kate's adventures will begin with a cultural event featuring music at Kuala Lumpur Park, followed by a lunch as the guests of honor, hosted by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce. Next, they'll attend a Diamond Jubilee tea party hosted by the British High Commissioner and his wife at their residence. The day will conclude with travel to Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysia, for a reception in their honor.
Sept. 15, Malaysia
A helicopter ride to Danum Valley will start the day, with William and Kate having a chance to meet royal society scientists and volunteers. They'll also get to spend some alone time together at a nearby lodge, for a private lunch.
Sept. 16, Solomon Islands
For their next destination, William and Kate travel to Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, to head to the Church of Melanesia cathedral in an open-topped vehicle and take in a service dedicated to the Queen. At night, the pair will attend an island feast, hosted by the Governor-General at his official residence.
Sept. 17, Solomon Islands
This is the first time the couple will spend any significant time apart. The Duke will award six Duke of Edinburgh gold awards to Solomon Islanders and one from Vanuatu. Meanwhile, the Duchess will attend a reception for Solomon Islands women's groups. The pair will reunite to travel to a memorial in Honiara, then attend a lunch reception hosted by the Prime Minister in aid of Solomon Islands charities. Next, the duo flies to Marau, where they'll take a boat to the island of Marapa to visit a village before traveling to Tavanipupu. In Tavanipupu, the lovebirds will get to spend a private night together at a beautiful resort hotel.
Sept. 18, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu
Traveling back to Honiara and then to Tuvalu, the royal pair will be taken straight to a welcoming ceremony, where the Duke will give a speech on behalf of the Queen to her people in Tuvalu. They will then travel around Funafuti Island, where they will visit schools and peek at a coconut tree planted by the Queen during her 1982 visit. Next, they will watch a canoe race and a local ballgame. Nighttime activities include a traditional dinner hosted by the Governor-General. Resting in the area overnight, the couple will be the first member of the royal family to sleep over on an island of Tuvalu.
Sept. 19, Tuvalu
On their final day of the trip, the pair leave Tuvalu for London with a brief change of planes in Brisbane.