Prince William absent for North East visit - but Kate's still coming!

THE Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting the North East tomorrow - without Prince William, who is attending a funeral.

Prince William will miss the North East visit, but Kate is still coming to the region

THE Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting the North East tomorrow - without Prince William, who is attending a funeral.

The Duke was due to visit Newcastle, Gateshead and Stockton with his wife but will instead be paying his respects to his and Prince Harry’s former nanny, Olga Powell.

Buckingham Palace yesterday announced that the popular Duchess will now be coming to the region alone.

The Duchess will begin her first tour of the region in Newcastle before heading to Gateshead and Stockton.

She is expected to arrive at Newcastle Civic Centre at 10.30am to meet Olympic volunteers with the Active 500 project, as well as researchers from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Health.

Youngsters from Percy Hedley School, which teaches children with cerebral palsy, are set to perform for the Duchess. The public then have an opportunity to see Her Royal Highness during a short walkabout outside the centre on Ceremonial Way.

Next, she will travel to the West End of the city via Blackett Street to Elswick Park’s community garden, where she is due at around 11.15am. The park, which is involved with the Queen Elizabeth II Field Challenge project, of which the Duke is patron, will remain open.

Then, the Duchess will travel on to Keyfund in Gateshead for around 12.30pm, where she will meet representatives from Gateshead Youth Council. Keyfund was nominated by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to benefit from The Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund. Nigel Sherlock, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, said: “We are all tremendously excited that the Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting our area and hope that everyone will take the opportunity to turn out and give Her Royal Highness a warm welcome.” Later in the afternoon, the Duchess will visit CRI Stockton Recovery Service, a charity which helps people suffering from addiction.

The North East will again play host to a member of the Royal family when the Prince of Wales visits Middleton-in-Teesdale on October 23. He will open the new canteen and meeting room at the Farmers Auction Mart and, as patron of the Campaign for Wool, will attend a campaign meeting.

The Prince will also visit Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services.

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