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The Queen to visit the North East

The Queen is coming to the North East on July 18 and 19. Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Sunderland, Gateshead and Durham.

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Duke turns cook in Sunderland

Prince William joins cookery lessons at homeless charity Credit: Andrew Yates/PA Wire

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 on visit to homeless charity Credit: Andrew Yates/PA Wire

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.

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Duke visitis homeless charity

Prince William on visit to the homeless charity Centrepoint Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Prince William on visit to Centrpoint in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

He was also given a tour of the centre and got the chance to meet the people currently staying there.

Prince William is shown round homeless charity Centrepoint in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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."

Prince William on visit to homeless charity Centrepoint Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

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Royal visit: Where the Princes will go

Two royals are in the region today, Prince William and Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales is on Teesside, visiting PD Ports in Middlesbrough to mark 50 years of trading through Tees Dock.

His Royal Highness will meet some of the company's longest serving employees, as well as those who've been supported by the charity The High Tide Foundation, which helps young people get into employment.

Meanwhile, Prince William will visit Sunderland, and a new accommodation centre opened by the homeless children's charity, Centrepoint. The Duke of Cambridge is a patron of the charity. Later, he'll go to South Shields to open the town's new Haven Point leisure centre.

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