CROWDS gathered to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge as she toured the North-East to carry out a string of solo engagements.
The duchess was without Prince William, who pulled out to attend the funeral of his former nanny.
Hundreds cheered her in Newcastle as she arrived to meet Olympic volunteers.
Later the duchess met families involved in an addiction programme in Stockton-on-Tees, where she was greeted by about 2,000 well-wishers.
Catherine concluded her visit to the region in Stockton-on-Tees, where the charity Action on Addiction, which has the duchess as its patron, helps families where a parent has an addiction.
Today we ask: Should members of the royal family do more regional visits?