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2012 in pictures: UK

January

A group of wheelchair bound protesters chain themselves together across Regent Street in Oxford Circus, London, as they protest against the Government's Welfare Reform Bill. The Bill stalled in its progress through Parliament, as many aspects were rejected by the House of Lords.

A group of wheelchair bound protesters chain themselves together on January 28 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

February

Singer Charlotte Church leaves the High Court in London after being awarded a settlement from News Group Newspapers for phone hacking. The singer and her parents settled their phone-hacking damages action for approximately £600,000 at the High Court.

Singer Charlotte Church leaves the High Court in London on February 27 Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

March

A woman walks past the world's largest deckchair on Bournemouth Beach. The giant chair was built by sculptor Stuart Murdoch, weighs almost six tonnes and is eight and a half metres tall. People across the UK took advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures and dry weather. A hosepipe ban was imposed across much of the country to conserve water supplies.

The world's largest deckchair, Bournemouth Beach, on March Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

April

But then the rains came. Heavy downpours caused flooding across many parts of the country, and heralded one of the wettest summers on record. The hosepipe bans were lifted in June.

Flooding on the River Ouse in York Credit: PA

May

The Olympic torch arrives at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall for the start of the torch relay across the UK.

David Beckham with the Olympic torch Credit: PA

June

A flotilla of boats make their way towards Tower Bridge, during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the River Thames in London.

A flotilla of boats make their way towards Tower Bridge, during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

July

Fireworks at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in East London. The dazzling spectacle, which ran for almost four hours was created by film director Danny Boyle.

Fireworks celebrate the end of Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony, and the start of London 2012 Credit: Mike Egerton, PA Wire

August

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt copy each other's trademark celebrations at the London Olympics. The two, who are friends, came together after Farah won his second gold of the games and Bolt his third.

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt mimic each other's famous victory celebrations. Credit: PA

September

The Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team fly in formation over the Queen Victoria Memorial next to Buckingham Palace during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes in London.

The Red Arrows fly across Queen Victoria Memorial next to Buckingham Palace on September 10 Credit: PA

October

Following a number of allegations of child sex abuse against former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, his family asked for the removal of his headstone from Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough. The NSPCC said it the allegations made it possible that "Jimmy Savile was one of the most prolific sex offenders" the charity had come across.

Jimmy Savile's headstone is removed from Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough in the early hours of October 10. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

November

A surfer braves the waters of the North Sea off The Esplanade, Aberdeen. Floods across the UK throughout the month killed four people and destroyed more than a thousand homes.

A surfer braves the waters of the North Sea , near Aberdeen Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

December

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave King Edward VII hospital in London. Kate had spent four days in hospital being treated for very acute morning sickness. The hospital spell forced the couple to announce the news of Kate's pregnancy early.

Prince William leaves King Edward VII hospital with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on December 6. Credit: Andrew Winning/ PA Wire