Prince William visits the Great Northern Exposition in Gateshead

Prince William exhibited his fatherly side while conversing with a group of Riverside Primary schoolchildren in Gateshead on Friday

Prince William exhibited his paternal instincts today when he visited a new exhibition in Gateshead.

The Duke of Cambridge was popular among a group of schoolchildren who had met to receive him at the Great Northern Exposition on Friday.

William, 36, could be seen waving to a particularly excitable group of young Riverside Primary fans upon his arrival at the Sage Gateshead music center.

Prince William exhibited his fatherly side while conversing with a group of Riverside Primary schoolchildren in Gateshead on Friday

Prince William exhibited his fatherly side while conversing with a group of Riverside Primary schoolchildren in Gateshead on Friday

The father of three spent several minutes chatting with the group that smiled with delight, although the duke had to lean a little to join the conversation.

Upon his arrival, the prince received the concert of a local gospel choir, Voices of Virtue.

He was also invited to participate in the Quicksilver rehearsals, a choir of more than 50 years of which William congratulated his "angelic voices" and commented "they should be recording".

The father of three children seemed delighted with the warm welcome he received from the local children upon his arrival at the Sage music center this morning.

The father of three children seemed delighted with the warm welcome he received from the local children upon his arrival at the Sage music center this morning.

The father of three children seemed delighted with the warm welcome he received from the local children upon his arrival at the Sage music center this morning.

Leaning down to join the conversation, William spent several minutes chatting with the group that seemed fascinated by royalty.

Leaning down to join the conversation, William spent several minutes chatting with the group that seemed fascinated by royalty.

A student seemed to have a question for the prince raising his hand to get his attention

A student seemed to have a question for the prince raising his hand to get his attention

Leaning down to join the conversation, William spent several minutes chatting with the group that seemed fascinated by royalty.

Royals then spent time with the music and arts program of CoMusica, which uses music to help those in "challenging circumstances."

Prince William's visit today marks the opening of the Great Exhibition of the North a three-month celebration of the pioneering spirit of Northern England, showing art and culture, design and innovation from across the North.

After visiting Sage, the duke moved to PROTO: The Emerging Technology Center, which is dedicated to testing and creating new digital solutions for future business challenges, before visiting the BALTIC Contemporary Art Center.

Prince William's visit today marks the opening of the Great Northern Exposition, a three-month celebration of the pioneering spirit of Northern England

Prince William's visit today marks the opening of the Great Northern Exposition, a three-month celebration of the pioneering spirit of Northern England

Prince William's visit today marks the opening of the Great Northern Exposition, a three-month celebration of the pioneering spirit of Northern England

After talking with the children, William received several musical performances of a gospel and a choir of more than 50 years.

After talking with the children, William received several musical performances of a gospel and a choir of more than 50 years.

After talking with the children, William received several musical performances of a gospel and a choir of more than 50 years.

Finally, you will visit Ryder Architecture Cooper & # 39; s Studios.

It has been a week of commitments for William to have visited Heathrow Airport on Thursday, where he was shown a room full of confiscated contraband.

The duke was surprised by the amount of drugs and weapons intercepted by border staff and officials while visiting the Royal Mail International Logistics Center at Heathrow Airport.

After five minutes in the room, which was filled with packages of cannabis, MDMA and cocaine, the king joked: "We'd better get off before we go through a drug test!"

The visit to the jail was part of William's visit to the center to see in action the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife.

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