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What does the Queen want for her birthday? A guinea pig... apparently

Who better to teach our weatherman Ross all about the Queen than Year 2 at St Mary's Primary in Jarrow...

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Prince Charles to visit Redcar steelworkers

The Prince of Wales is set to visit Redcar following the collapse of the steel industry.

His Royal Highness will visit The Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, small businesses and the multi-agency SSI Task Force, who meet regularly following the recent closure of the SSI Steelworks.

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His Royal Highness will also meet members of the Industrial Cadets initiative, a work-experience programme inspired by The Prince of Wales following a visit to Redcar in 2010.


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Royal backing for York Mystery Plays

His Royal Highness the Duke of York and the Archbishop of York have been confirmed as Patron and President for the York Minster Mystery Plays 2016.

Prince Andrew has been named patron of the 2016 York Mystery Plays

Prince Andrew and the Archbishop have been long standing supporters of the Plays, which return to the Minster in May 2016 for only the second time in their near 700 year history.

The cathedral’s Nave will be transformed into a 1,000-seater theatre for the production, which runs for five weeks from 26 May to 30 June.

In keeping with tradition, a community cast will be at the centre of the production with just one professional actor, and recruitment for key roles including Adam, Eve, Noah and Satan is taking place this autumn.

Duke of York to visit North East today

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His Royal Highness the Duke of York, will be in the region today. He is visiting the Children’s Foundation in Newcastle as part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations.

The Duke will launch a new campaign, which aims to raise two million pounds for children’s mental health services in the North East and Cumbria.

The Children's Foundation Chief Executive, Peregrine Solly said:

We are absolutely delighted that, as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, The Duke of York will becoming here to attend this extra-special event and support our campaign.

We hope the Duke's visit will help to raise both awareness and vital funds for our campaign. We want to put children's emotional health at the centre of everyone's awareness and thinking. The evidence is worrying as it says that at least one in 10 of our children has a diagnosable mental health challenge or emotional difficulty, and I suspect the real figure is worse than this.

– Peregrine Solly

Money raised from the new fundraising initiative will focus on a range of challenges from depression to self-harming and even suicide. The North East currently has the highest levels of self-harming and suicide in the country among young people.

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