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We round up the year's most memorable moments in pictures.
Jockey Frankie Dettori leaps from his horse Tashaar after victory in the Betfred Mobile Stakes at the Glorious Goodwood Festival at Chichester.
Prince Charles and Camilla swiftly move out of the way as they meet the Army Air Corps mascot, bald eagle Zephyr, during their visit to Sandringham flower show held on the Royal Estate in Norfolk.
Boris Johnson demonstrates his tackling skills as he takes part in a street rugby tournament in Tokyo, Japan in October.
Cilla Black's coffin leaves St Mary's Church in Woolton, Liverpool, after her funeral service in August.
Two minutes' silence is observed at Lloyd's of London to mark Armistice Day on Novemeber 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Civil partners Paul Higgins and Richard Lucey, who have been in a relationship for 19 years, prepare to cast their votes at their polling station in Cabra, Dublin for the referendum on gay marriage in May.
Prime Minister David Cameron helps with a reading lesson at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton near Bolton while on the General Election campaign trail.
Andy Murray in action against Jeremy Chardy in the Fourth round of the men's singles on day nine of the French Open.
A woman cries during a minute of silence in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, three days after the Paris attacks in November which left 130 people dead.
A tractor making its way up a row of lavender as it is harvested on the Lordington Lavender farm in West Sussex.
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn baby, Princess Charlotte, pose for the media as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's Lindo Wing, London.
Jeremy Corbyn takes to the stage after he was announced as the Labour Party's new leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London in September.
Britain's first official astronaut Tim Peake gives cameras the thumbs up ahead of his six-month mission to the International Space Station.
Queen Elizabeth II waves from a train carriage window at Edinburgh's Waverley Station on the day she became Britain's longest reigning monarch.
Margaret McCraken is helped by members of the armed forces from her home in Broad Street, Carlisle, following Storm Desmond which caused major flooding across the country in November.
Greece has become the main gateway to Europe for tens of thousands of refugees and economic migrants, mainly Syrians fleeing war, as fighting in Libya has made the alternative route from North Africa to Italy increasingly dangerous.
Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge before the Rugby World Cup match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shining over Derwentwater near Keswick in the Lake District.
Jeremy Clarkson arrives at his home, on a bicycle, his BBC career over after an internal investigation found he launched an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" which left one of his colleagues in hospital.
The Queen joins soldiers for a regimental photograph during a visit to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at the regiment's new barracks in Fife.