Junior Soldiers from 19 Platoon, Burma Company make final preparations before a graduation parade on Thursday in Harrogate, England. The Army Foundation College in Harrogate opened in 1998 and provides training for soldiers destined for all the Army’s career paths and provides training for 1344 junior soldiers. During their time at the college the students are taught basic military skills and can achieve vocational qualifications, City and Guilds apprenticeships and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The graduation parade is the largest in Europe and is only exceeded in size by the Trooping of the Colour in London. Read more
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On stepping down as governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King was presented with this portrait of himself by artist Diana Blakeney. In addition to the £10,000 painting Sir Mervyn, now Lord King, received a £597 silver napkin ring and a £2,505 sculpture of German playwright and scientist Johann von Goethe when he retired on July 1. The £13,000-worth of gifts were all paid for by the Bank of England, which is owned by the country. Three events were also held to mark his departure, which came to more than £10,000. The information emerged following a freedom of information request from msn.com, with the Bank of England insisting the gift of the silver napkin ring is normal for all departing senior directors Read more
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A football fan sits on a statue in Trafalgar Square ahead of a friendly match between England and Scotland on Wednesday night in London. The national teams will meet at Wembley stadium for their first international in 14 years
Angus Scotney of Great Britain on Wednesday competes in a pro-juniors heat of the Boardmasters pro-surfing competition on Fistral Beach in Newquay, England. The Boardmasters surfing competition has been an integral part of the British surf scene since 1981 and has grown from humble beginnings to one of the biggest events on the British surfing calendar. Read more
Hot-air balloons float over Bristol after taking off from the city’s Greville Smyth Park, in preparation for the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2013.
Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, UK, which featured in the film ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’. It was announced that July was the warmest, driest and sunniest since 2006. Read more
In a very gentlemanly manner, Marylebone cricket club members bide time reading newspapers and books as they wait in a queue to enter the Lord’s ground before the second Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia in London on Thursday
Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords in central London on Monday. Gay marriage was set to be legalised in England and Wales after the controversial Bill introducing it cleared the Lords today Read more
Marion Bartoli of France celebrates after defeating Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the women’s semi-final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in the UK.