In Pictures: A tumultuous year for the royal family
The royal family lost their patriarch, the Duke of Edinburgh who died in April aged 99, shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had given a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey in the United States.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of astonishing claims during their candid Oprah Winfrey interview, including accusing an unnamed royal of racism, suggesting the family were jealous of Meghan and revealing that she contemplated taking her own life while pregnant.
The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor castle in April at the age of 99.
The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK for his grandfather’s funeral.
Prince George attended Euro 2020 with his father the Duke of Cambridge and saw England beat Germany 2-0 in June to reach the quarter-finals.
Harry returned to London again in July for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed a sunny visit to the Isles of Scilly in July.
The Duchess of Sussex marked her 40th birthday in August by launching a global project, 40X40, asking people to pledge 40 minutes in service of others.
The Duchess of Cambridge sparkled in gold at the premiere of the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, in September.
The Queen delivered a video message to world leaders attending the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.
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The Electoral Reform Society has said the Elections Bill, which will be in its report stage in the House of Commons on Monday, is politically ‘risky’ and a threat to the UK’s quality of electoral integrity. Dr Jess Garland, from the organisation, says plans to introduce voter identification risk making it more difficult to vote for marginalised communities who cannot afford a passport or driver's licence, and the additional efforts to apply for a free voter registration card will act as a deterrent to many, effectively making the democratic process in the UK more complicated and less accessible.
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A large rotating ice disk formed on Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, on January 11.Drone video shot by local man Patrick Bonsant on January 12 shows the disk gently spinning in the river’s flow against a backdrop of Westbrook’s snowy landscape.The disk first appeared in 2019 before partially forming again in 2020, according to local media.Ice disks are a rare phenomenon that form as a result of a river’s structure and temperature conditions, according to Chris Horvat, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University. Credit: Patrick Bonsant via Storyful
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A sailor in Southern California captured water washing in and out of Alamitos Bay on January 15, as a tsunami advisory was issued for the Los Angeles coastal area following the eruption of an underground volcano near Tonga.The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on Saturday, triggering tsunami alerts for several Pacific nations, Australia, New Zealand and areas on the Pacific coastlines of Japan and the United States.“A tsunami capable of producing strong currents hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures is expected,” the National Weather Service in Los Angeles said in a Twitter post.These videos taken by Holly Scott show the water rising and receding in Alamitos Bay. “The water never comes up this high,” Scott says in one of the videos. Credit: Holly Scott of Mahalo Sailing via Storyful