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Prince William's wife, Kate, has stressed the importance of specialized medical care for seriously ill children in her first speech outside the United Kingdom.

The Duchess of Cambridge said Thursday while visiting a Malaysian hospice that "lives can be transformed" by providing places of support for child patients and their families.

The royal couple is on a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

Britain's Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive in Kuala Lumpur Internationa Airport in Sepang, Malaysia

Britain's Prince William, center, and his wife Kate, left, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joke with staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave as they leave Hospis Malaysia

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk with Brig. Gen. Richard Robless

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave as they leave Hospis Malaysia

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joke with staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Brig. Gen. Richard Robless on her arrival at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they leave Hospis Malaysia

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Pre-schoolers wave Malaysian flags as they wait for the arrival of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Kuala Lumpur

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are greeted by official as they arrive to visit Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are greeted upon arrival at Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery in Singapore

Catherine, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery in Singapore

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery in Singapore

Duchess of Cambridge, waves as she leaves Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, waves to the crowd during her arrival along with Prince William at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Kuala Lumpur

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leaves Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives along with Britain's Prince William, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

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William and Kate arrived in Malaysia on Thursday after visiting Singapore. They had lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and other government officials before visiting a hospice in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.

Kate delivered a short speech from a prepared text. She read slowly, looking up and smiling occasionally at the hospice's staff and patients.

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