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Comment 12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Crowds greet Duchess with 'Kate you're great!' amid baby talk


Chanting "Wills you're brill, Kate you're great," large crowds of school children go wild as they give the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a rowdy welcome on the second day of their South East Asian tour.

There were countless outstretched hands to shake on the walkabout, with many young fans emotional after waiting three hours in the sweltering heat.

And well wishers had one burning question on their minds.

Corine Ackermann, 17, who was with schoolfriends from the Tanglin Trust British School, told the press: "Someone asked him how many children he would like to have, and he said he was thinking about having two."


Duchess of Cambridge


Another fan gave his wife a children's book by her son, David Seow, called Blow A Kiss. Eileen Seow explained that a copy had also been given to Celine Dion, who then went on to get pregnant.

Asked if she'd brought up the subject of babies with the Britain's most glamorous ambassador, she said: "I didn't dare."

But others have been speculating, after Kate refused wine at a state dinner the previous evening.

Tuesday's engagement at the Gardens by the Bay was the first opportunity that the public have had to meet the royals since their arrival in Singapore.


Prince William

Wearing a white broderie anglaise full skirted Alexander McQueen dress, thought to be a bespoke piece, Kate admired the  Gardens, a conservation project consisting of large glass domes housing an artificial rainforest.

She'd teamed the summery frock with her favourite Stuart Weitzman corkswoon wedges, seen repeatedly throughout the Olympics.

After their tour of the Gardens, which are an extraordinary feat of architecture, created by a British team.

Prince William

The Duchess' next change to her outfit wasn't one of her most fashionable – giggling she donned safety goggles for a visit to a Rolls Royce's new factory in Seletar.

Then, flexing her muscles, the Duchess of Cambridge inserted the last blade into the British company's first aircraft engine.

William and Kate introduced Rolls Royce's first aircraft engine, the Trent 900 jet, which powers the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane.


Rolls royce

The Duke then gave a speech to a gathering of Rolls Royce executives, corporate guests and employees, praising "the cutting edge aerospace technology".

"It is no accident that Rolls Royce has chosen to build this high-tech campus in Singapore. This country's welcoming business environment, highly skilled workforce and eutrepreneurial energy have made it a magnet for many hundreds of British companies."

When fully up and running, the factory, which was officially opened this year, will produce about 250 engines a year.


Prince William

Their next stop for the day was Queenstown, a showcase housing estate named after Her Majesty where they viewed performances from the three main cultures of the country - Chinese, Malay and Indian.

The day was due to end with a reception at Eden Hall, the official residence of the British High Commissioner with a guest list drawn from the worlds of politics, business, arts and sports. 

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