>>> great britain's duchess, kate middleton , took another step forward on the stage today with what was her first official speech on foreign soil. and while everybody agreed she acquitted herself nicely, there was something else entirely going on. more on the trip with the royal couple.
>> reporter: she is the woman at the center of the spotlight. dressed to perfection at thursday's state dinner , collecting gifts from star-struck children. and paying tribute to fallen heros from world war ii .
>> she is so warm-hearted and comes genuine, and that she loves children.
>> reporter: the newest royal was not just the lovely bride of the future king of england , but a woman stepping on to center stage and into her own.
>> we are hugely excited to be in malaysia.
>> reporter: kate gave her first international speech at this hospice.
>> providing children and their families with the face of support, care, and enhancement, at a time of great need is simply life-changing.
>> reporter: kate's speech spoke volumes.
>> it is a very great pleasure for me to come forward.
>> reporter: as with princess diana 's speech in 1981 , it shows increasing confidence with her public role. but with the attention and accolades comes greater watch on what she says and wears, even her decision to abstain from alcohol when giving a toast.
>> people are starting to ask when is the baby news going to happen?
>> reporter: but for now, the duchess stays focused on her future role as queen. sarah james , nbc news.