WEARSIDERS gave Her Majesty a reception fit for a Queen when she landed on Sunderland soil.
After spending the night docked in the Leander G yacht at The Port of Sunderland, the Queen and Prince Philip disembarked to a warm welcome from the crowd.
The royal couple were met by a sea of Union flags, cheers and rapturous applause as they made their way along the red carpet and into Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.
The Queen stopped to speak to youngsters from Southwick Primary School, Sunderland university graduates and dignitaries as she made her way through the marquee that chronicled each decade of her 60-year reign.
During her visit, she stepped back in time to watch Wearsiders preparing for a 50s street party, she relived the 1966 World Cup win, reminisced over Wearside Silver Jubilee celebrations and celebrated Sunderland gaining city status.
Pupil Bethany Lawson, 10, was in the tent dedicated to England’s victorious 1966 World Cup win.
The youngster was one of eight who were acting as team members of the winning squad.
She said: “The Queen came and had a look at what we were doing and asked us about it.
“It was a very special moment and I was very nervous but she was nice.”
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