The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine arrived here today for a two-day visit to Sabah.

The royal couple arrived at 7.50pm at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on board a special aircraft.

They were greeted by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin and wife Datin Jouyah Mohd Yunin as well as government and foreign dignitaries.

Scores of people waited anxiously outside the fenced area of the airport to get a glimpse of the royal couple despite a brief downpour.

Upon arrival, the royal couple were whisked away to a resort in the city where they were treated to a welcoming reception hosted by the Sabah state government.

Tomorrow, Prince William and Catherine will fly via helicopter to Danum Valley, a primary rainforest conservation area located 70km from Lahad Datu, where they will spend the day briefed by researchers and explore the 438 sq km area.

Malaysia is the royal couple’s second destination after Singapore on their nine-day tour of the Far East as representatives of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in conjunction with the celebration to mark the 60-year reign of the Queen of England.