William and Kate in Sunderland: Remembering the day the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came to Wearside

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since Sunderland was graced with a royal visit.

Thursday, 21st February 2019, 10:05 am
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Northern Spire.

Twelve months ago, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day on Wearside visiting The Fire Station and the city’s new Northern Spire bridge, which opened last summer. Here, we remember how the day unfolded and take a look back through our picture archive. See if you can spot any familiar faces in our photographs.

The royal couple visited Sunderland on February 21, 2018.
We remember the landmark day that the couple came to the region.
Meeting schoolchildren on a visit to Sunderland's new Northern Spire bridge.

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Royal fever took Sunderland by storm.
William and Kate at Northern Spire.
The couple put some of the final touches to the bridge on their visit.
Meeting then-mayor Coun Doris MacKnight.
Arriving at the Northern Spire bridge.
The Duke of Cambridge tightened a bolt on the brand new bridge as part of the couple's visit.
Our future king stands on the bridge.
Northern Spire opened to the public in August - but the royal couple got an advanced look at the structure.
The Duchess receives a bouquet of flowers from a Sunderland schoolgirl.
A special moment for some of the city's younger citizens.
Northern Spire was named following an online poll, in which Echo readers could vote for their favourite.
The royal visit came just months before Kate gave birth to the couple's third child, Prince Louis.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were fully kitted out for their visit.
A feat of engineering.
Crossing the bridge for the first time.
Kate hard at work in her finishing touches to the bridge.
The couple's visit, and the opening of the bridge, were highlights in the city's calendar.
The couple arrive at Northern Spire to meet workers.
The Duchess of Cambridge says hello as she arrives in Sunderland.
The couple also visited The Fire Station in Sunderland and were treated to a number of performances.
Sharon Jenner sent us this great photograph, taken in the city centre, when she met Prince William.
Simon C Woodley shared this great photograph of some mini royal fans.
All smiles as the Duke of Cambridge says hello. Picture: Simon C Woodley.
The Duchess of Cambridge greets the crowd. Picture: Simon C Woodley
The crowd in place ready to greet the royal couple