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Preparations are underway in the region ahead of street party celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year.

There'll be bunting, a buffet, and a drink or two no doubt!

When it comes to a right royal knees-up - our best behaviour and perfect manners are also essential, after all there could be a chance encounter with Her Majesty!

One leading etiquette expert has been giving our reporter Matt Price a quick rundown of how to behave - and make OUR celebrations fit for a Queen.

Queen's 90th: Congratulations from around the region

Where to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday beacon lightings in the North East

Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh (right) lights the first of over 200 beacons to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day at Windsor Castle in May 2015 Credit: PA (library image 2015)

A series of beacons are being lit across the UK tonight starting with the Queen lighting the first beacon at 7pm at Windsor.

Here is where you can join in the beacon lighting celebrations in the North East.

Newcastle city centre - Beacon lit at 7pm on Ceremonial Way outside Newcastle Civic Centre. The Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Civic Centre Choir are to perform.

Ponteland - The Town Council are lighting a beacon on top of St Mary's Church at 7.30pm followed by a fireworks display at 9pm.

Tynemouth - A beacon is to be lit outside Tynemouth Priory at 7.30pm. It's suggested that members of the public wanting to attend stand on the grassy area outside the Gibraltar Rock pub. There'll be singing from Monkhouse Primary School and welcome speeches from 7pm.

Sunderland - A beacon at Cliffe Park in Seaburn will be lit at 8.30pm, near the white lighthouse.

South Shields - 8.30pm marks the lighting of their beacon in North Marine Park, and also performances from the Westoe Brass Band who will play Happy Birthday.

Middlesbrough - An event will take place at the Cenotaph on Linthorpe Road at 7pm. A blessing will be given at 7.15pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available on arrival and everyone is welcome to attend.

Hartlepool and Seaton Carew - In Hartlepool, members of the public are invited to gather at 7.15pm at the Town Moor beacon on the Headland and at the beacon on the seafront at Seaton Carew. The town’s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Mary Fleet, will say a few words and then light the Town Moor beacon at 7.30pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kevin Cranney, will do the same at the beacon at Seaton Carew. The two ceremonies will finish at 7.45pm.

Amble - They'll be taking part by lighting its own beacon on the Braid at 7.30pm. There will be music from local band Come Together.

Stockton - Stockton’s own ceremony, which will take place on the High Street with entertainment, local choir participation and a short firework finale. The beacon is lit at 8.30pm but the event itself starts at 7.30pm.

Redcar and Cleveland - Beacon lit at Eston Nab at 8.30pm

Ferryhill - Beacon lit in the town hall gardens at 7.30pm

Waldridge, County Durham - William Street Car Park at 7.30pm for the lighting of the Beacon.

Willington - Lighting of the beacon at 7.30pm on the town green.

Barnard Castle - Beacon lighting and fireworks in the castle starting at 8.30pm.

Newton Aycliffe - Beacon to be lit at 8.30pm

English Heritage and National Trust: These are low key events that are symbolic rather than an event that's open to the general public:

  • Gibside Chapel, Rowlands Gill (National Trust)
  • Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn (National Trust)
  • Lindisfarne Priory (English Heritage)
  • Houseteads Roman Fort (English Heritage)
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks (English Heritage)
  • Longstone Lighthouse (Trinity House)
  • Scarborough Castle (English Heritage)
  • Richmond Castle (English Heritage)
  • Whitby Abbey (English Heritage)
  • Pickering Castle (English Heritage)
  • Middleham Castle (English Heritage)