THE Queen was treated to the delights of the region during her whistle-stop tour.
After Sunderland, she went to the Tyne Tunnel, 45 years after she opened the original transport link.
Schoolchildren waved flags and sang God Save The Queen as her state Bentley stopped at the south side.
The Queen started a wheelchair race through the tunnel before she and the Duke of Edinburgh spoke to those who worked on the Tyne Tunnel Two project.
Next, she went to Gateshead Stadium, where Penshaw singer Stephanie Peacock performed Thank You For The Music.
“It was brilliant,” said the 18-year-old. “I got to meet Prince Philip and then sang for them.”
Durham Castle was the next port of call, where she had lunch with university students and dignitaries.
The starter was ceviche of salmon with beetroot carpaccio, kohlrabi salad and chilli caviar.
Main course was home-smoked fillet of West Rackwood farm beef, with epicure potato and cep dauphine, Lanchester asparagus and horseradish tuille.
Dessert was Plawsworth strawberry delice was Langley Farm yoghurt sorbet and blood orange jelly.
The tour ended with a visit to the Tees Barrage White Water Course.
Where she slept:
THE Leander G is a luxury yacht owned by millionaire Sir Donald Gosling.
The former National Car Parks tycoon agreed to loan the £50million super-yacht to the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee year.
The 246ft vessel costs £440,000 a week to charter, but Sir Donald, 82, said he would not take a penny for “something that is on behalf of the nation”.
The 1,930-ton Leander is among the world’s largest and most luxurious yachts.
It boasts two master bedrooms, eight ensuite guest cabins, a sauna, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, grand piano and helipad.