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The Duchess of Cambridge lit up the North East with her smile today. She was greeted by thousands of flag waving fans as she toured the region. Along the way, she met Olympic torch bearers, ambitious young people and those striving to make their community a better place.
Kate was due to come up here with Prince William, but he was attending his nanny's funeral.
The popularity of the Duchess of Cambridge was evident wherever she went. 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.
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 our region and her relatives range from Victorian miners to a present day chip shop owner.
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Pete Beedle, the second cousin to the Duchess of Cambridge says Kate is a great ambassador for the region.
The Duchess of Cambridge has delighted crowds in Newcastle and Gateshead today as part of a solo visit to the North East.
Kate visited a range of youth projects and charities including Keyfund in Gateshead.
Kenny Toal reports on Kate's busy morning of engagements on Tyneside.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been meeting school children from Tyneside as part of a visit to Elswick Park in Newcastle.
One pupil shares her experience with ITV Tyne Tees about being invited to present Kate with a posy.
The Duchess was visiting Elswick Park as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Project.
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The Duchess of Cambridge is due to carry out a string of solo engagements in Newcastle without the Duke.