For the Duchess of Cambridge today's visit to the North East was in one sense a home coming. Kate's ancestors come from many parts of the region and her relatives range from Victorian miners to a present day chip shop owner. Find out more here:
During today's visit the Duchess chatted to school children and met young people whose substance-abusing parents have benefited from the work of one of her charities.
Her popularity was evident, young and old waited in the Autumn sunshine hoping to catch a glimpse of Kate. And they weren't disappointed.
She spent time at a number of projects and charities which she herself had chosen to visit. But she also made sure there was plenty of time for a walkabout wherever she went.
Crowds of well-wishers gathered to see the Duchess.
In the civic centre she spoke to those who helped to make the Olympic Games a success and to volunteers who made the city centre a more welcoming for people and businesses.
The Duchess also went to Elswick Park to learn about its involvement with the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.
Hundreds lined the streets in Stockton to welcome the Duchess, who was in the town to visit a support centre for drug users. Her Royal Highness spent an hour meeting families who use the Stockton Recovery Service, as well as staff who provide help and advice.
She was given a warm welcome and before leaving, spent time talking to some of those who had waited hours to see her.
Kate was without William on this trip because of the death of his childhood nanny.
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