The Duchess flies solo on visit to North East

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.

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Duchess of Cambridge Royal Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Newcastle, Gateshead and Stockton.