Kota Kinabalu (The Star/ANN) - She is pretty, humble and loves to smile, just like a fairytale princess.
That was the description by 10-year-old Dayang Syasyalina Ag Ramlan of the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton.
Dayang Syasyalina was one of the few who were lucky enough to spend time with the Duchess and her husband Prince William before the royal couple left for the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu yesterday.
"The princess is very pretty. She asked me my name and where I studied," said the SK Stella Maris pupil.
Dayang Syasyalina was among more than 20 dancers who performed for the couple during a farewell ceremony on the eve of Malaysia Day.
William and Catherine spent a few minutes to speak with their well-wishers and fans at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport II before flying off.
Catherine looked fresh despite their hectic schedule and the fact that she and William had to leave at 6:30am for the Solomon Islands.
The royal couple ended their three-day whirlwind visit to the country by taking in the beauty of North Borneo's tropical rainforest.
They spent their last day in Malaysia observing nature in the jungles of Sabah's Danum Valley and spoke with researchers on conservation efforts done in Sabah.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Musa Aman said the personal visit by Prince William and Catherine to the Danum Valley has debunked claims by critics that illegal logging was rampant in the state.
"They saw for themselves the well-preserved forest which was untouched by logging, and they came away very impressed," he said in his speech at the Beaufort Umno annual meeting in Kota Kinablu yesterday.
International groups and bloggers have accused Sabah for destroying its rainforest and sanctioning illegal logging.