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North East firms contribute to new Navy aircraft carrier

Parts of the Royal Navy's largest-ever aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, were built in the North East of England.

The vessel, which was formally named by the Queen herself in Fife, is 72,000 tonnes and 932 feet long. She was built in sections around the UK and shipped to Roswyth to be put together.

A&P Group, in Hebburn South Tyneside built her flight deck, which is the size of five football pitches.

Some of the steel used to make up the vessel was also built at plants in Hartlepool and Skinningrove, on Teesside.

The warship was named at a formal ceremony in Fife Credit: PA Wire
Hundreds of workers joined the Navy and royal dignitaries in celebrating the opening
The ship was built in sections around the UK and put together at Roswyth Credit: PA

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to attend Tour De France

The Duke and Duchess will attend the Tour De France in Yorkshire

It has been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the Tour De France Grand Depart in Yorkshire next month.

The world's most iconic cycle race starts in Leeds on 5 July before making its way through North Yorkshire.

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Royal visitors at this years Great Yorkshire Show

HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal will be a special guest at this years Great Yorkshire Show Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Great Yorkshire Show will be welcoming two Royal visitors this year.

HRH The Countess of Wessex and HRH The Princess Royal will attend the event in July.

More than 130 thousand visitors are expected at this years show in Harrogate.

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