HOPES are high that the Port of Sunderland will receive a boost following the Royal visit.
The £50million yacht, chartered by the Royal couple for their Diamond Jubilee tour of England, was moored at the port on Tuesday as Her Majesty prepared for her North East visit.
As the pair stepped off the luxury vessel, they were shown round a special exhibition at the dockside marking 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
Coun Paul Watson said: “It was a great honour to have Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh as the first visitors to our Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.
“I was delighted to see them begin their Diamond Jubilee tour of the North East in Sunderland.
“They were certainly given a very warm welcome by the crowds as they disembarked from their yacht.
“The visit was made all the more special by the Vulcan bomber fly-past in honour of the Queen’s 60- year reign.
“For me, as chairman of the Port of Sunderland, it was also wonderful that they chose to begin their visit at the port and to see such a magnificent yacht moored there.
“I think it’s a real boost for the port at a time when it’s making a name for itself globally as the location for subsea engineering and renewable energy industries.”
The Leander G cast off on Wednesday night with the Royal party on board.