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The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall get an orchid named after them

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have had a new orchid named after them in Singapore during their tour of Asia.

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The orchid, named Dendrobium Duke (and) Duchess of Cornwall, is a colourful purple plant which stands almost a metre high.

Both Prince Charles and Camilla observed the orchid at the National Botanical Gardens on the second day of their visit to the country.

As they arrived at the gardens in sweltering heat, the Duchess was handed a sign which read: “Welcome to Singapore. have a nice day.”

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are spending ten days in Asia where they are visiting Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The visit, which is being made is at the request of the British Government, celebrates the United Kingdom’s partnership with the three Commonwealth Nations ahead of Commonwealth Summit in 2018.

The Prince of Wales last visited Singapore in an official capacity in 1979. This tour will be the Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to the country.

Charles and Camilla aren’t the first royals to have plants named after them.

In 2012 during a visit to Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the gardens and also had a flower named after them – the Vanda William Catherine.

This white and pink orchid was presented to the couple during their Diamond Jubilee tour of Southeast Asia in September 2012.

Last year, Princess Charlotte had a flower named after her: a unique pink and green chrysanthemum produced by Dutch company Deliflor, the world’s largest chrysanthemum breeder.

The flower was presented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2016 to help raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), a charity of which the Duchess of Cambridge is patron.

Part of the Rossano chrysanthemum family, the Charlotte chrysanthemum has baby pink ray petals with unique pale green tips.

In 2014, Prince George’s also had a flower named in his honour: the Georgie Boy daffodil, unveiled by Walkers Bulbs at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

In addition, over the years numerous flowers have been named in honour of The Queen, The Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Margaret and other senior royals.

Additional reporting by Marianna Bozzoli
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