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Best of Britain: Duos


In honor of the announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming engagement, this week’s Best of Britain is all about duos, whether it’s the big WBA heavyweight fight in Manchester over the weekend, a polar bear’s new companion at the Highland Wildlife Park, or just a couple looking out on the London skyline.

Also included are photos of judges at the World Scotch Pie Championship, people viewing an art exhibition on postcards and an Australian rugby player losing the ball during a friendly match at Twickenham.

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010. Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.    REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Construction takes place on The Shard building (at rear) as visitors pose on the balcony at One New Change shopping mall in London November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

David Haye (R) lands a punch on compatriot Audley Harrison during their WBA world heavyweight title fight at the MEN Arena in Manchester, northern England, November 13, 2010.   REUTERS/Phil Noble

A visitor views postcards at the Royal College of Art's "RCA Secret Postcard" exhibition in London November 12, 2010. Over 1,000 artists have donated work to the academy show this year, including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Jake Chapman, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare, Sir Peter Blake, John Baldessari, fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Mary Quant and Sir Paul Smith, animator Nick Park, photographer David Bailey, film maker Mike Leigh and designers Ron Arad and James Dyson. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

World Scotch Pie Championship judge Harry Devlin (C) tastes a pie during the competition in Dunfermline, Scotland November 16, 2010. Judges spent the day tasting over four hundred different types of pies, bridies and sausage rolls. REUTERS/David Moir

Walker (R), a 23 month old polar bear who arrived from Holland's Rhenen Zoo, meets 30 year old polar bear Mercedes for the first time in their 4 acre enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, Scotland November 12, 2010. Mercedes had been Britain's only polar bear until Walker's arrival earlier this month. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

England's Mike Tindall (L) looks on as Australia's James O'Connor loses control of the ball during their international friendly rugby match at Twickenham in London November 13, 2010.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Best of Britain: War and peace


Two events highlighted the past week’s Best of Britain photos: Remembrance Day and the protests that made their way inside the Conservative Party headquarters.  In a simultaneous mirror of war and peace, there were the somber Remembrance Day vigils honoring those who’d given their lives in war, contrasted with the chaos of student protesters, angry at the Conservative Party’s plans for higher tuition fees and cuts to education.

Also included are photos of a girl celebrating Diwali and a scientist showing a new high tech material that can manipulate visible light.

Best of Britain: Waiting game


This week’s Best of Britain features several photos that are about waiting, whether it’s a referee pointing to his watch during a football match, people on shore watching crews trying to free the stuck submarine HMS Astute, or officials and leaders watching the construction of an Olympic venue.

Also included are photos of stag running through Deergate Park, a penguin bobbing for apples, cross-dressing Stoke City fans, or a solemn funeral for an aid worker slain in Afghanistan.

Best of Britain: Watch me


Whether they’re eager for an audience like climate change activists near an oil refinery, or just captive observers like football players watching a goal go in, this week’s Best of Britain theme is all about watching or being watched.

Included are photos of rows of televisions showing Chancellor Osborne during a speech on future budget cuts, a model with an unusual hair style during the Alternative Hair Show, as well as the shadows of workers as they cross the road in Whitehall.

Best of Britain: Power players


Whether they’re pumping up the crowd, or getting ready to cut people down, this week’s Best of Britain photos are about power players. Whether it’s bodybuilder-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joking with David Cameron, Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton greeting excited fans, or defending WBA heavyweight champion David Haye training for his next bout, these are people that mean business.

Also included are photos of a re-enactor at Hastings posing as if to cleave off the photographer’s head, smoke bombs at a demonstration, a soldier’s homecoming, and the Queen looking at a painting of her likeness as she tours a new liner, also bearing her name.

Best of Britain: In the lead


This week’s Best of Britain photos are about people in, or trying to take the lead, whether it’s David Cameron laughing during the Conservative party conference or a streaker proudly strutting through the greens of Celtic Manor. There’s also photos of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf talking about his potential return to Pakistani politics as well as European team captain Colin Montgomerie proudly displaying the Ryder Cup after his team’s win.

Also included are photos of a paper Buckingham Palace model, tourists watching the changing of the guard at Clarence House, and the tragic suspected arson fire which destroyed much of Hastings Pier.

Best of Britain: Reflections


This week’s Best of Britain photos involve reflections of the literal as well as the metaphorical.  From an artist’s work consisting of giant upside down mirrors, mourners lining Wootton Bassett, a portrait of pensioners hit by the recent “death bonds” scandal, to Gordon Brown speaking at the Labour Party’s annual conference.

Also included is an image of Lehman Brothers artwork being auctioned, a costumed Ryder Cup spectator, as well as a man tending to the greens of Celtic Manor.

Best of Britain: Trials and tribulations


Many of this week’s Best of Britain photos deal with troubles on the horizon.  From the Pope’s greatly anticipated visit to the UK and the associated priest abuse scandal, to demonstrators protesting on the 9/11 anniversary as well as a fan crying over the sentencing of her beloved music icon George Michael.

Also included are photos of a fly fisherman, Will Ferrell at his movie premiere and the smallest man in the world playing fisticuffs with one of the strongest.

Best of Britain: Who’s watching?


It’s been a week of events worth watching.  From Tony Blair’s interview with Andrew Marr to performers at the Notting Hill Carnival, as well as a protest against stoning in Trafalgar Square.

Also included are photos of people watching the fourth England vs. Pakistan test match, a couple embracing after a music festival, a view from the Millenium Bridge and a photo juxtaposing the old and the new ways of generating energy.

Best of Britain: Storm’s coming


Storm clouds, whether actual or political take center stage in this week’s Best of Britain.  From photos of a man unconcerned by darkening skies in Hyde Park to a woman in a field during a protest against a big British bank, as well as Liverpool’s Reina keeping watch on the pitch during a rainstorm.

Also included are photos of people in costume during the Fringe Festival, honour guards at the funeral for a fallen soldier, a police officer keeping an eye on Downing Street and sailors during the commissioning of a new submarine.