In Pictures: William and Kate in Sunderland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the city's vibrant arts scene during a visit to Sunderland.

They visited and officially opened the Fire Station, one of the area's most notable buildings, which has recently been converted into an arts centre.

William and Kate ended their trip by visiting the striking Northern Spire bridge, already a major landmark and standing twice as high as Nelson's Column and taller than Big Ben's clock tower.

Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland
Royal visit to Sunderland