In Pictures

UK year in pictures: 2015

We've picked out a selection of our favourite pictures taken during the past year around the United Kingdom. Some are dramatic moments, others have a touch of humour, but all sum up the past 12 months.

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Image caption People in the UK observed a rare celestial event, as a lunar eclipse coincided with a so-called "supermoon". The Moon appeared larger than usual because it was at its lowest point in its orbit around the Earth, while its reddish tint is the result of an eclipse. This image was taken on a long lens as the Moon rose behind Glastonbury Tor.
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Image caption Thousands of homes were left without electricity and trains were disrupted when Storm Barney brought winds of up to 85mph to parts of the UK. Here a man walks his dog as the wind strength increased in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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Image caption The general election saw all the parties on the hustings, each looking to convince voters that the country would be safe in their hands. Here Prime Minister David Cameron is seen during a visit to a warehouse in Hendon in north-west London. His Conservatives were returned to power with a small majority.
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Image caption Labour leader Ed Miliband thought he had "a better plan" but the country did not agree and he soon resigned his position following defeat at the ballot box.
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Image caption In 2010 Nick Clegg led the Liberal Democrats to Downing Street alongside the Tories, yet the 2015 campaign resulted in crushing defeat for his party and his standing down as leader.
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Image caption In contrast, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon celebrated a historic success as the party won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland, making it the third largest in the House of Commons. She is seen here with a young supporter on the campaign trail in Kirkcaldy.
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Image caption UKIP leader Nigel Farage pulled a few pints on the campaign trail, here at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate to mark St George's Day. Farage lost to Conservative Craig Mackinlay by almost 3,000 votes and he quickly announced his intention to quit as party leader. But that offer was rejected and he remains in charge.
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Image caption Three famous ocean liners, the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth sailed up the River Mersey in Liverpool for the first time to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary. The shipping company moved its headquarters from the Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront to Southampton in 1965.
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Image caption Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after Andy Murray (holding trophy) beat Belgium's David Goffin to clinch the decisive point in Belgium. Murray, the British number one tennis player, said the win was a more emotional experience than winning Grand Slam titles or Olympic gold.
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Image caption Prince Harry arrived in Australia for a four-week placement with the Australian Defence Force. Captain Wales, as he is known in his military role, left the British army in June after 10 years' service.
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Image caption Harry wasn't the only royal to travel down under. During a wine tour as part of the six-day royal visit to Australia, the Duchess of Cornwall jokingly wielded a knife at Prince Charles. The prince quickly laughed it off saying, "Now listen here," to his wife and wagging his finger.
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Image caption Queen Elizabeth thanked wellwishers at home and overseas for their "touching messages of kindness" as she became Britain's longest-reigning monarch. At 17:30 on 9 September she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. She is pictured here on board a train on the new Scottish Borders railway line where she spent the day at official engagements.
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Image caption The newest member of the Royal Family, Princess Charlotte, was a point of interest for her big brother Prince George as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate after Charlotte's christening.
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Image caption The Glastonbury Festival drew 177,000 people to Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, south-west England. Here, revellers watch the Arcadia pyrotechnic show.
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Image caption What was to be the biggest gathering of Elvis lookalikes turned out to nothing of the sort when only four adults and one child arrived in Crumlin, Northern Ireland.
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Image caption The 51,000-tonne Hoegh Osaka ran aground in the Solent on 3 January and spent 19 days listing at 52 degrees. There was roughly £60m of machinery and cars - including Jaguars, Land Rovers, and Minis - on board the ship at the time.
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Image caption Skaters and scooter enthusiasts enjoyed a temporary skate park inside Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire.
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Image caption A six-month survey of golden eagles by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and RSPB Scotland aimed to provide a picture of the populations of breeding pairs across the country to determine whether conservation efforts are working. Here conservationist Ewan Weston checks a golden eagle chick's GPS satellite tag. All of the golden eagles in Great Britain are found in Scotland, except for a solitary male in the Lake District.
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Image caption During a state visit to the UK, Chinese President Xi Jinping shared a pint with the Prime Minister David Cameron at a pub near his Chequers residence in Buckinghamshire. Deals worth £40bn were agreed during the four-day visit, but critics accused the UK government of "kowtowing" to Beijing.
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Image caption Anti-war protesters gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in London as MPs prepared to vote on whether to sanction air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria. A 10-hour Commons debate ended with a vote to endorse action, which began shortly afterwards.
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Image caption Events to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo took place in Belgium. The battle was fought after French Emperor Napoleon escaped from exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba and led his troops against the combined allied forces at Waterloo on 18 June 1815. Following the battle a defeated Napoleon was exiled to the island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.
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Image caption Farmers checked the display of their Texel cross sheep on the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show near Harrogate in North Yorkshire. The agricultural show, which was first held in 1838, showcases all aspects of country life with competitions ranging from show-jumping to sheep-shearing.
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Image caption The annual Tough Guy Challenge in Perton, near Wolverhampton, saw competitors take part in a cross-country run followed by a gruelling assault course featuring obstacles including freezing water pools, fire pits and tunnels.

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