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Her Majesty The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit to the region
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The Queen spoke to members of Tees Active Academy Paddlers' Group before getting into her car and leaving Stockton as her tour of the North-East comes to a close.
The Queen officially unveils a plaque marking the opening of White Water Raft Centre as canoeists carrying pyrotechnics try out the new course.
Crowds gather at White Water Raft Centre as the Queen arrives for the official opening.
The Queen arrives for the official opening of the White Water Raft Centre at Tees Barrage.
The Queen set the water flowing with a loud explosion and now fire and rescue crews are performing a re-enactment of a car trapped in a flood, while canoeists come through the rapids.
Gorgeous sunshine here in Teesside. Especially ordered for the Queen who's opening the new white water course at the Tees Barrage today.— @giftedpenguin 18 July 2012
The Queen is now meeting Stockton diginitaries as she makes her way towards specialist fire and rescue crews, before hitting the switch to set the rapids away.
The queen has arrived #teesbarrage #stockton the sun is out happy days drinks r flowing :-D— @eden_hair 18 July 2012
Great to see that so many people have turned out today to see the Queen in #Stockton— @HMBAccountants 18 July 2012
The crowds are cheering as the Queen arrives at Tees Barrage.
Thousands of people are lining the banks of the waters ports centre waiting for the Queen to arrive in 20 minutes time.
Last minute preparations taking place in Stockton before the Queen arrives to open the white water rafting centre
queen visiting stockton today, i went on sunday and it was dead. luckily for her it's market day. hope she goes to cash generator— @erimus 18 July 2012
The Queen is coming to open the new Tees White Water Course, Stockton is buzzing!— @tfsrobert 18 July 2012
Bumped into the Queen on way to Durham Cathedral. She was asking how you all are. Still no word on my OBE for cycling in the rain etc etc— @durhamrouleur 18 July 2012
The Queen just drove past me in Durham! #arightroyalsurprise— @seeclairly 18 July 2012
That's it folks. I'm not invited to lunch so the Palace wants us out of here. The crowds cheered, the sun shone and now they've gone to have a bite to eat. Tees Barrage awaits. I'm now off to have my Pot Noodle and scotch egg!
Queen has now gone into Durham Castle for lunch. On the menu is salmon salad with chilli caviar, beef and souds, strawberry and yoghurt sorbet.
Whys the queen even in Durham anyways sure they'll have a new look in London like— @EmilyPetitjean 18 July 2012
Since Sunderland she's opened the new Tyne Tunnel and been to Gateshead Stadium. After Durham it's on to the Tees Barrage at Stockton.
Lots of handshakes. You have got to admire her stamina.
Queen walked straight past me. Was it something I blogged?
RT @DRiley_06: In durham with jo on her bday,avn a pint outside and waitn 4 the queen 2 pass by. She mite evn stop off and av a pint with us.— @LisaSwinhoe 18 July 2012
Is the Queen's outfit apricot or peach? It's all orange to me - but then I am a bloke and I am colour blind.
Didn't need to stand in Durham to see the queen, saw her on the bus ride home— @Chris_Reckless 18 July 2012
Just seen the queen in Durham waheyyyy— @charlibobsss 18 July 2012
Lord Lieutenant now introducing the Queen to guests in the courtyard of Durham Castle.
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh out of the car, shaking hands with the guests.
Sir Paul Nicholson, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, is nervously peering through the castle gates.
Queen is here! Huge cheers. Car drives slowly round Palace Green. Fans lining the route.
People lining Palace Green too. And inside Durham Castle the dignitaries are lined up and waiting.
The Queen is here!! According to @danielashby HRH is wearing "a sort of gone off orange"— @RJSweeneyITV 18 July 2012
I'm told the media consensus is that the Queen is wearing peach. Another (amateur) royal watcher says salmon. I'm sticking with apricot.— @EchoPeterBarron 18 July 2012
Came to Durham for lunch and ending up getting a glimpse of the Queen— @JennyWilsonx3 18 July 2012
crowds out to see @Queen_UK in Durham stopping me from getting to sandwich shop. I demand compensation.— @Stilllife0 18 July 2012
@chellebellwrite nope. Looks like plan z, find queen where she's eating at Durham castle and beg her for help— @catherinecoles 18 July 2012
RT @DurhamPolice: #Queen has left Gateshead on route to #Durham city. Crowds in city growing so pls take care. Follow instructions of stewards and police.— @geordiestrider 18 July 2012
We forgot that the queen was in Durham lol. Now I feel obliged to wait and get a glimpse of her!— @AshleyLouise09 18 July 2012
Hello again blog fans, service resumed! Enroute to Durham Castle, where Queen is expected for lunch at 12.50pm. It's a lovely sunny day here.
Crowds waiting for Royals in Durham are three deep on Saddler Street. Cameras at the ready.
Everyone very happy with how the Royal visit to Sunderland went. Lots of smiles. Royals now off to Tyne Tunnel.
I'll catch up with them in Durham later on today.
Queen now finished seeing the exhibition and has left the Quay. Next stop is the official opening of the Tyne Tunnel. It's all go!
Kirk Hirst, aged 10, talked to Prince Philip about his holidays (not Prince Philip's!) He told him he's going to a caravan in Stanhope.
1990's room focuses on Sunderland's regeneration, including city status, build up of university and Stadium of Light.
Crowds waiting to enter exhibition after Her Majesty leaves - probably bursting to see the English pork pies v German sausages!!
'The Queen is here to launch the new Sunderland Home Kit' - best thing I've heard all day.— @Rock_n_Grohl 18 July 2012
Exhibition room on 1988. First year of Sunderland Airshow.
1970's room focuses on industrial heritage. Wind getting up, blowing the red carpet away.
HRH Queen Elizabeth in Sunderland right now to pick up her @SAFCofficial home kit from the club shop. One loves #safc #frontoftheque— @Parkersafc 18 July 2012
Queen entering 1966 World Cup room, with 'food football'; English pork pies v German sausages!
Queen will spend 30 minutes in exhibition, with a room devoted to each decade. First room is 1950's, with shops and Coronation street party.
Vulcan Bombers flying about, the Queen of England asking if the sausage rolls are hot in Greggs, what next in #Sunderland?— @sonnermusic 18 July 2012
Queen has stepped foot on Sunderland soil, stepped on dry land to huge cheers. Wearing peach hat and outfit. Shook a few hands. Now looking around exhibition of 60 years of Sunderland.
There goes the Vulcan bomber! But The Queen watched it from the other side of the yacht - so we couldn't see her.
I've just bumped into old Lizzie- you know the Queen of England on the green in Southwick Sunderland. not a lie— @stacie_stewart 18 July 2012
Everyone running for their brollies, but seems it was just a shower
Duke of Edinburgh out on deck of yacht Leander to view Vulcan flypast - no sign of the Queen yet.