HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, paid a visit to North Durham Academy to officially launch a new campus.
Commemorations mark the 500th since the Scottish and English armies met at the battle of Flodden in north Northumberland.
There is growing speculation The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Harry could be at the society wedding in Northumberland this weekend.
Usually we get around two royal visits a year. Today we had two in the same day.
Prince Charles was on Teesside but Prince William stole the show interacting with crowds and stopping for pictures in South Shields.
Jonny Blair reports.
The Duke of Cambridge speaks with children as he arrives at the Haven Point leisure centre in South Shields.
The Duke of Cambridge got his hands dirty as he helped to prepare a chicken curry during a visit to a centre for young homeless people.
Prince William was visiting Centrepoint's Sunderland base where he was hearing about the challenges faced by young people as they try to rebuild their lives.
During the visit he donned an apron and joined in with a cookery lesson.
Two future kings are in the North East.
Prince William and Prince Charles are here on separate official visits.
The Duke of Cambridge is in Sunderland, while his father is at a celebration of industry on Teesside.
Captain Ibrar Ali, whose right arm was amputated after he was caught up in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan in 2007, said he felt both nervous and excited about the South Pole challenge ahead and described Prince Harry as a "great team member"
– Captain Ibrar Ali
As we've said throughout, he's a great team member and just fits in really well so no different to anyone else.
Captain Ibrar Ali who is taking part in the Walking With The Wounded charity polar trek with Prince Harry admitted there will be days when the teams will be "tested" but says he believes they have the mental strength to overcome the challenges
A group of severely injured servicemen and women are on their way to the bottom of the world with Prince Harry.
It's part of the charity Walking with the Wounded's latest expedition. Ibrar Ali from North Yorkshire is taking part and Northumberland explorer Conrad Dickinson is also going as a guide.
The Duke of Cambridge has been hearing about the challenges homeless young people face as they try to rebuild their lives.
Prince William was visiting to the homeless charity Centrepoint's base in Sunderland.
He was also given a tour of the centre and got the chance to meet the people currently staying there.
Wade Tench, 20, told him that he could not thank the centre enough for what it had done for him.
"Here I have begun to learn about independent living and learned skills like budgeting and other skills," he said.
"They helped me get on to a course at Nissan and it's like a home away from home."
After hearing about how much the young people appreciate the centre, William said: "The support here is so good you probably don't want to leave."
The Duke, who is patron of Centrepoint, heard how they are working with The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by his father, the Prince of Wales.