Highlights from a historic 12 months
2012 was a momentous year for the royal family. The Queen celebrated her diamond jubilee, taking part in an enormous pageant on the River Thames, watching a spectacular concert outside Buckingham Palace, and visiting every corner of the UK. Meanwhile members of her family toured the world, competed in London 2012, fought in Afghanistan and became pregnant. This picture shows the Duchess of Cambridge leaving the King Edward VII Hospital in London on 6 December 2012 after being treated for severe morning sickness. A public announcement of the duchess' pregnancy, before the usual three-month mark, was prompted by her medical condition. She spent a total of three days in hospital.