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Comment 13 SEPTEMBER 2012

A moment of reflection as William and Kate honour war heroes

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Singapore has a poignant end, as they pay their respects at the Kranji War Memorial.

With their heads bowed, the couple were visibly moved as they laid a wreath for 24,000 commonwealth soldiers who fell during  World War II.

Sheltered from the tropical heat with a parasol, Kate looked lost in thought as she and William visited tombs on the hill-top site.

As a member of the armed forces, the Duke was briefed extensively about the history that surrounds the memorial, and he guided his wife as they passed the resting place of men from Z Special Unit – soldiers who took part in one of the war's most daring operations.

"The Prince was aware of Z force and was very keen to visit and recognise that this was a huge amount of heroic resistance towards the end of the war," British defence adviser Captain Clive Coombes said. 

The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath of red roses, white lilies and orchids on the Singapore Memorial bearing a message from the Queen reading: "In Memory Of The Glorious Dead. Elizabeth R and Philip" 

The Last Post was played by a lone bugler before the couple bowed their heads for a minute's silence

 

Having arrived to the sound of Gurkha Contingent Pipers, the royal couple walked through the Kranji War Cemetery 

The Duchess used an East Asian style parasol to shield herself from the sun 

The Duchess greeted local dignitaries as members of the public scrambled to capture a photo 

William and Kate took time to read the headstones

 

It was their last engagement in Singapore before they headed off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

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