Replicas of the Monarch’s most prized possessions are on display as the city gets into the Jubilee spirit.
To mark the sparkling exhibition of jewels, patriotic pupils from Wearside schools have been drawing on their creative skills.
Children from Hudson Road Primary, Diamond Hall Junior, St Paul’s CE Primary and Valley Road Community schools have been drawing their own version of the Crown Jewels.
This bank holiday, a selection of the best pictures will be on display in The Bridges, with shoppers being asked to cast their vote on the winning four sketches.
The images will then be transformed into a canvas to be put on display in the shopping centre for visitors to view.
Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, said: “This is a fantastic way to involve local children in celebrating the arrival of the replica Crown Jewels at The Bridges.
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“All of the entries to the competition have been outstanding – we definitely have some artistic gems in Sunderland.
“We hope that by showcasing the Royal Family’s most prized possessions during this momentous time means they can be shared with everyone from Sunderland and that every age can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime Jubilee fun.”
The Bridges and Sunderland City Council have secured the rights to display the replica Crown Jewels, which will be on show throughout the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, until Wednesday.
Sunderland is the only place outside of the capital where people will be able to get a glimpse of the jewels.
In Central Square, the country’s most sought after Crown Jewel replicas, including the Imperial State Crown, the Queen Mother’s Crown, the Sword of State, Queen Victoria’s coronation ring and the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding jewellery, including her engagement ring, are on show.
The votes will be counted on Tuesday and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.