Di tribute orchid just beautiful, says Wills
PRINCE William and his wife Kate have fulfilled his mother's wish to see an orchid named in her honour. He described the bloom as "beautiful" yesterday.
Princess Diana died in August 1997, just two weeks before she was due to visit the stunning flower in Singapore.
Yesterday, her son William completed that trip. In a poignant moment, he said it "was a shame" that his mother was not able to see the delicate flowers of the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana orchid for herself.
The couple's visit to the bloom, in Singapore Botanic Gardens, was the first stop on a nine-day tour to mark the queen's diamond jubilee that will also take them to Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
With the wife by his side, the prince looked thoughtful as he clasped his hands and stared at the white flowers of the orchid. A few moments later he could be heard praising the delicate blooms, saying: "It's beautiful, it's beautiful."
Another orchid, specially propagated, was named Vanda William Catherine after the visiting royal couple.
Manager Alan Tan Chye Soon said: "We were getting ready for Diana to come over when she died.
"It was like William and Kate are fulfilling her promise today."