Recent days have been among the toughest in her reign after the passing and funeral of her beloved husband Prince Philip.
Today, as she marks her 95th birthday, we send our heartfelt best wishes with a reflection on some of her four visits to the borough.
One shows her at the opening of the Tyne Tunnel in 1967 and some are from July 1977 on the Silver Jubilee visit to South Shields.
A selection of images comes to us courtesy of Fietscher Fotos of South Shields which was the name of Freddie Mudditt’s photography studio. Its Facebook group, which is run by Freddie’s daughter Julia Northam, can be found here.
Did you get to meet the Queen and what do you remember of the occasion? Browse through this photo collection as we pay tribute to the Queen.