No let up for William and Kate as busy schedule continues with North East trip

The mementos from their Diamond Jubilee tour of South East Asia and the South Seas have probably only just been unpacked.

But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already preparing themselves for their next round of engagements – this time on home soil.

The royal couple will be on the road next week, with a back-to-back schedule that begins at Burton-Upon-Trent's St George's Park for the unveiling of a state-of-the-art football training ground and a meeting with England manager Roy Hodgson.



On Wednesday, they will arrive in Newcastle and Gateshead as part of their tour of the North East.

William and Kate will begin their itinerary at Newcastle's Civic Centre, where they will meet with youngsters from Percy Hedley School – an institution that teaches children with cerebral palsy. 

Later in the day, the couple will chat with locals as they go on a walkabout at Elswick Park, meeting community groups and school children who will demonstrate how outdoor spaces are incorporated into education. 

The royal party will later move on to Gateshead where they will be offered a reminder of their glorious wedding.

In the borough, they are scheduled to call in on Keyfund at Gateshead Youth Council – one of the charities chosen to benefit from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund.

The royals will meet youths who have been supported by the organisation, which helps young people reach their full potential and invests in their ideas using Dragons' Den style mentoring.

"It was such a wonderful surprise when we were selected as one of the royal couple’s wedding charities, and something we are very proud of," chief executive Hannah Underwood said.

"We now hear that we are the only one of those 26 charities which the Duke and Duchess have chosen to visit so far.

"We are so honoured and excited to show off the amazing things our young people have achieved."