THE region was the subject of a royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday - and pictures reveal how they arrived.

This morning, William and Kate landed at Teesside Airport after arriving in the ornately-decorated Royal Helicopter.

The pair then made their way to Manor Farm in Little Stainton, near Darlington, where they heard about the work being done to preserve its future.

Meanwhile, they later travelled to meet a selection of young people supported by the charity, Cheesy Waffles Project in Durham.

Read more: William and Kate continue North-East tour with visit to County Durham

It is understood the Royal Helicopter later made its way to Durham to pick up the Duke and Duchess after fans reported it had left Teesside Airport in the afternoon.

But pictures have captured the moment they arrived this morning as airport bosses have released a statement. 

The Northern Echo:

The royal pair were pictured as they arrived at Teesside Airport on Tuesday morning Picture: TEESSIDE AIRPORT

Teesside Airport said they were delighted to add yet another royal arrival to its list of family members who have arrived over the years.

A spokesperson said: "We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge into Teesside Airport today at 11.55am.

“Over the years we have had our fair share of VIPs through the airport, including many members of the Royal Family.

"We’re always proud to support the Royal Family, especially this year as we celebrate our 80th anniversary.”

The Northern Echo:

They arrived via a royal helicopter, as seen here at Teesside Airport shortly after their arrival Picture: GRANT PARKER

Earlier today, Cheesy Waffles manager Erika Denholm reacted to their royal visit and said: “The day has gone brilliantly.

"There hasn't been a lot of prep gone into it. We only found out about it last week. The visit was very natural and very."