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The Queen opening the second Tyne Tunnel crossing. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days making her the longest-serving monarch in British History.

To mark this occasion, we'd like to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by sharing your memories of her.

If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region over the last six decades, then we'd like you to get in touch.

Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?

If you'd like to join in our celebration then email us at ttvnews@itv.com or send us a message via our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Historic charter to on display in Durham

An historic charter issued by King John in 1201 will go on display at Durham County Hall on Thursday Credit: Durham County Council

An historic charter issued by King John just a few years before the signing of the Magna Carter is going on display in Durham.

The document, which dates back to 1201, describes the granting of Teesdale Forest to Henry fitz Hervey. Written on parchment in latin, the charter has remains of its original wax seal which is attached with silk thread.

Members of the public will be able to see the charter during a free drop-in session at Durham County Record Office, in County Hall, on Thursday 30 July.

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Princess Royal officially opens Durham Police HQ

Princess Anne unveils a plaque. Credit: ITV News

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has officially opened the new £15m Durham Police headquarters.

The Princess Royal was given a tour of the building and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The new HQ, situated in Aykley Heads on the outskirts of Durham city, has been open since August 2014.

It replaced the former headquarters, also located at Aykley Heads, which is awaiting demolition.

The Princess Royal also took part in a tree-planting ceremony to mark the 175th anniversary of Durham Constabulary.

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Princess Royal visits food bank in Gateshead

The Princess Royal arrives at the Gateshead food bank

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, has visited a food bank in Gateshead.

She met volunteers and people who use the service in the Gateshead Advice Centre on Swan Street. The food bank has helped more than 5,000 people since it opened two years ago.

Later, the Princess will open a new engineering maintenance operation in Middlesbrough.

She met volunteers and some of the 5,000 people who use the service.

Gateshead food bank welcomes Royal visitor

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is in the region today visiting the Gateshead food bank.

The Princess Royal in the parade ring during Grand Military Gold Cup Day at Sandown Park Racecourse. Credit: PA Wire

Princess Anne will meet volunteers who run the warehouse and distribution centre and have a private meeting with some of the clients who use the food bank.

52 tonnes of food have been given out since September 2012 when the foodbank opened Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It has helped more than 5,000 people since opening just over two years ago.

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War hero's son: Ceremony helped me understand dad's sacrifice

A teenage boy whose father was killed during the Afghanistan conflict has told ITV News that today's ceremony honouring the war dead has helped him understand why his dad went to fight.

Brandon, aged 15, lost his father Sgt Steven Campbell five years ago when a roadside bomb exploded nearby.

It's helped me see that he was there for a good cause, and he did what he loved doing.

It's helped a lot.

– Brandon Campbell, son of Sgt Steven Campbell
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