THE Queen will make Sunderland her first port of call on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the North East.
Her Majesty, accompanied by Prince Philip, will visit the Port of Sunderland on July 18 at the start of a two-day tour.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be invited to take a trip down memory lane when they become the first visitors to a four day Diamond Jubilee exhibition celebrating The Queen’s 60 year reign.
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, who is also chairman of the Port of Sunderland, said: “We’re delighted that Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to begin her Diamond Jubilee tour of the North East in Sunderland.
“The city has changed immeasurably since The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, and we’ve tried to capture the essence of each of the seven decades of The Queen’s reign in this exhibition.
“It’s going to be a really enjoyable and educational way of looking back through the decades at the same time as celebrating the life and service of a Monarch who has devoted her life to her people.
“And I’m thrilled that The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are going to be the very first visitors to the Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.”
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last visited Sunderland in 2009 when they opened the new eco-friendly Washington Secondary School.