DUCHESS of Cambridge Kate Middleton proved to be a hit with crowds during a visit to the region.
Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets to cheer and wave as the royal visitor walked through their ranks.
Include in the gathering was Billingham toddler Lola Mackey who was chosen to hand the duchess a bouquet of flowers but decided to keep them.
Two-year-old Lola was chosen to hand the flowers over to Kate at the end of her visit to CRI Stockton Recovery Service today.
The duchess, patron of the Action on Addiction charity, was welcomed by hundreds waiting for a glimpse before she went inside and met children whose parents have drug or alcohol problems.
And the duchess was handed the flowers as she left the centre - even though Lola wasn’t too keen on parting with the bouquet.
Her mum Jayne Baillie, 33, from Billingham, laughed: “Lola calls her the princess but she didn’t hand the flowers over.
“I am so happy Kate had recognised how hard they work with all of the families who are struggling with substance abuse.”