29 December 2012 09:00 | By Ang Kai Fong
Singapore's top newsmakers of 2012

Prince William and Kate Middleton



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1. Prince William and Kate Middleton

Let's begin with the good news.

2012 saw Singapore welcoming, for the first time, Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, the former Kate Middleton (who’s now expecting their first baby, we can’t wait!).

The royal pair arrived in Singapore on Sep 11 to kick off a nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. During their three days stay in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Botanic Gardens – where an orchid, the Vanda William Catherine, was named after them, Gardens by the Bay and the Kranji War Memorial, where they paid their respects to fallen World War II soldiers.

Where the stunning royal celebrities went, a few thousands of adoring fans – young and old, Singaporeans and British – followed, shouting slogans and waving their tiny Union Jack flags.

“So. Much. Wayang.”

Residents of the relatively new Strathmore Green estate in Queenstown were especially stoked when Will and Kate visited on a hot sunny afternoon, when community groups were seen performing taichi and silat.

After contrasting (before and after) photos of the event surfaced online, neitizens were quick to catch on to what blogger mrbrown called “So. Much. Wayang” and those who took part in the “show” were mocked online. Tanjong Pagar GRC Member of Parliament Indranee Rajah stepped out later to clarify that what the royals saw at Queenstown was meant to be a display of cultural and community activities, and that they have been told that such activities aren’t always taking place.

It was also on their whirlwind trip to Singapore that Prince William revealed, whilst chatting to schoolchildren, that he and Kate were “thinking about having two” kids, amid rumours then that Kate was already pregnant.

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