Revealed: The best place to see the Queen in Sunderland

Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the Burnley College and UCLan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 16, 2012. Photo credit should read: Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the Burnley College and UCLan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 16, 2012. Photo credit should read: Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

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A VANTAGE point will be set up to give crowds a better chance of catching a glimpse of the Queen when she visits Wearside.

The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh will be in Sunderland on Wednesday as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

Big crowds are expected to try to catch a glimpse of the couple as they pass through the city after a special event at the port.

To help, a special viewing point will be set up at Keir Hardie Way, and the Royal car will slow down as it goes by.

Letters have already gone out to schools inviting pupils to attend, with spaces reserved for up to 500 children, with residents also invited to go along to wave and cheer the party on.

Designated parking will be available at the Stadium of Light.

People will need to be in place to see the Queen by 10am.

Toilet facilities will be available in the Aquatic Centre and groups are advised to come prepared for the weather conditions.

The chance to see the royal couple follows their visit to the Diamond Jubilee Exhibition at the Port of Sunderland, where they will be welcomed as its first visitors.

Ahead of their tour, they will view a fly past of a Vulcan bomber.

Because of the nature of the venue and security on site, there will be no general access to the port on the day.

However, people will be able to see the display for themselves when it opens to the public the next day.

It showcases some of the milestone moments throughout the Queen’s 60 year reign, offering a memorable insight into both the city’s past and that of the UK.

It will also include displays made up from a collection of memorabilia, donated by members of the public in and around Sunderland, as well as the Echo.

The event will be held for four days, hosted to run alongside Sunderland International Airshow weekend, with 6,500 tickets available.

Anyone who would like to attend the exhibition can call 520 5518, or email Nicola.vincent@sunderland.gov.uk to reserve a ticket.

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