We’ve picked a selection of our favourite pictures taken during the past year around the United Kingdom.
image captionYouths take part in the Boys New Year’s Ba’ Game in Kirkwall, Orkney. Played with a hand-crafted leather ball, the street football match, which starts at the town’s Mercat Cross, is between two teams, the Uppies and the Doonies.
image captionA park near Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, is partially submerged after storms and heavy rain swept across the UK.
image captionBrexit supporters gather in Parliament Square on 31 January to mark the UK’s formal withdrawal from the European Union after 47 years of membership.
image captionSharni Edwards (l) and Robyn Peoples became Northern Ireland’s first legally married same-sex couple on 11 February. Same-sex marriage has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland since 2014.
image captionThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their final public appearances as working members of the Royal Family in March. They attended the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London, with crowds of photographers jostling for a shot.
image captionSupermarkets urged shoppers not to buy more than necessary amid concern over coronavirus-linked stockpiling in March. Some shops began rationing the sales of certain products to avoid them selling out completely.
image captionPeople enjoy the good weather by Three Shires Head on the River Dane, where Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet, as the public were reminded to practise social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
image captionA family in Cardiff clap to show their appreciation of NHS and other key workers. Members of the public were encouraged to applaud NHS staff, carers and other key workers from their homes and gardens, at 8pm every Thursday.
image captionA war veteran who raised millions for the NHS, was sent more than 25,000 birthday cards. Captain Tom Moore, who was later knighted by the Queen, raised more than £27m by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
image captionNeonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley carries Theo Anderson, who was born prematurely, to his mother Kirsty Anderson at Burnley General Hospital. The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way that mothers, midwives and other hospital staff have had to deal with pregnancy and birth.
image captionIn June, a statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader of the late 17th century who played a major role in the development of the city of Bristol, was torn down and pushed into Bristol Harbour during an anti-racism protest.
image captionHeart shapes are sprayed onto the grass at Queen Square, Bristol, in an effort to encourage social distancing.
image captionComet NEOWISE passes over Stonehenge in the early hours of 21 July. The comet, the brightest seen in the Northern Hemisphere in 25 years, was discovered by Nasa’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission.
image captionPeople flocked to Brighton beach during the hottest August day for 17 years, as temperatures reached more than 36C (96.8F) in south-east England. Councils had asked sun-seekers to practise social distancing, and stay away from beaches.
image captionA smiley face is picked out in the seeds of a sunflower as it comes to the end of its flowering at Little Heath Farm in Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester. Farmer Mark Jones created the fields to benefit local wildlife and create a picturesque landscape for walkers.
image captionMigrants packed tightly on a small inflatable boat bail water out, as they attempt to cross the English Channel near the Dover Strait, the world’s busiest shipping lane. September was the busiest month on record for migrant Channel crossings.
image captionAnti-HS2 activists use tripods to block one of several entrances to the Chiltern Tunnel South Portal site for the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link, in West Hyde, southern England.
image captionA member of the military lays a wreath at Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge, to mark the sacrifice of service men and women who fought in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. People were asked to observe a two-minute silence on their doorsteps as Remembrance Sunday events across Scotland were cancelled.
image captionBoys play in-front of a mural of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford by Street artist Akse on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe, Withington. Rashford’s work for the provision of free school meals in England during holidays and other support to low-income families prompted major changes in government policy.
image captionPrime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference in Downing Street on the situation with Covid-19, as the UK becomes the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination.
image captionMargaret Keenan, 90, is the first patient in Britain to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine, at University Hospital, Coventry, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in British history.
image captionChloe Kennedy receives a Mary Quant makeover at the Mid-Century Modern exhibition at the Dovecot Studio in Edinburgh.
image captionJessica Walker and Nicola Foster, known as the Lido Ladies, pose by the pool at sunrise before swimming at Charlton Lido in Hornfair Park, London, on its first day of reopening after the second national lockdown.
image captionJupiter and Saturn are seen relatively close together in the night sky, over the sails of Brill windmill in Buckinghamshire, appearing to the naked eye as a “double planet”. It’s the closest “great conjunction” since 1623.
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