|Friday, 14 September 2012 22:16|
KOTA KINABALU: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine were treated to a closed welcoming reception hosted by the Sabah state government at a resort here tonight.
The royal couple arrived the resort at 8.20pm and spent a little over half an hour at the reception before adjourning to their suite.
Prince William, who wore a black suit, and Catherine, dressed in a white lace outfit over a blue knee-length dress designed by British fashion designer Alice Temperly, were presented beaded jewelry known as Pinakol, which is synonymous with the Rungus ethnic culture, as a welcoming gesture.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Sabah deputy chief ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Yahya Hussin as well as state and foreign dignitaries.
Tomorrow, Prince William and Catherine will fly via helicopter to Danum Valley, a primary rainforest conservation area located 70km from Lahad Datu, where they will spend the day briefed by researchers and explore the 438 sq km area.
Malaysia is the royal couple's second destination after Singapore, en route a nine-day tour of the Far East, as representatives to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in conjunction with the celebration to mark the 60-year reign of the Queen.