Singapore gives royal welcome to William, Kate

Updated 12:17 PM EDT, Wed September 12, 2012

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(CNN) —  

Hundreds of spectators waved British flags and cheered the arrival Wednesday of William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Singapore’s new Gardens by the Bay park.

The couple’s visit is part of a nine-day tour through Commonwealth countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

What can be expected during the tour?

The queen herself made previous state visits to Singapore in 1972, 1989 and 2006 – and the public housing estate that her grandson and his wife were to visit later Wednesday was named Queenstown in honor of her coronation in 1953.

The estate was Singapore’s first satellite town outside the urban center and has areas and roads – Margaret Drive and Strathmore Green, for instance – named after British towns, institutions and the Royal family.