Tony Tan Keng Yam, the President of Singapore, will make an official State Visit to the United Kingdom in October following an invitation from The Queen.
During the visit, Tony Tan will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs Mary Tan, and the couple will stay in Buckingham Palace. This is the first State Visit to the United Kingdom by a President of the Republic of Singapore.
The announcement came as the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, welcomed the Prime Minister of Singapore to Downing Street in London for talks.
After the announcement came to light, Mr Cameron said: “I was discussing this with Her Majesty last night and she is very much looking forward to it.” The Prime Minister continued by saying: “It’s excellent news and a moment, I think, to demonstrate our close economic, political and strategic ties.”
The visit comes just ahead of the 50th anniversary celebrations since Singapore declared independence from the United Kingdom, which will be commemorated in 2015.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have previously paid three State Visits to the Republic of Singapore in 1972, 1989 and, most recently, in 2006. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited the country in 2012 as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Dr Tan will visit the UK for three days starting on October 21.