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  • The Year in Royals

    The Official Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen Elizabeth II photographed in the Centre Room of Buckingham Palace, overlooking The Victoria Memorial Statue, which commemorates the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), the only other monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. <a href="http://abcn.ws/WrALnk">CLICK HERE TO WATCH 'THE YEAR WITH KATIE COURIC'</a>
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    A fireworks display outside Buckingham Palace marks the end of the Jubilee concert, a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London, on June 4, 2012. To many the concert was a dramatic departure from the royal family's reserved public image.
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    Another less-reserved royal appearance was when Prince Charles showed his lighter side by reading the weather in the Six O'Clock studio while on a tour of the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow to celebrate 60 years of BBC Scotland Television.
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    The biggest example of the royals' rebranding was the James Bond skit during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Here actor Daniel Craig, as James Bond, escorts Queen Elizabeth II through the corridors of Buckingham Palace.
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    The instantly famous climax of the skit was when a performer dressed as the Queen parachuted into Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Stratford, England.
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    Queen Elizabeth meets ABC News' Katie Couric, right, at the first Buckingham Palace garden party of the summer, in Central London on May 22, 2012.
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    Kate Middleton's -- now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- first official public speech came on a visit to The Treehouse Hospice, a children's hospice service in Ipswich, Britain, as a part of its formal opening on March 19, 2012.
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    Kate accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on an official engagement when she, the Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Fortnum and Mason on March 1, 2012 in London.
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    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, dancing at the Vaiku Falekaupule in Tuvalu on Sept. 18, 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee Tour.
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    Kate wears a head covering out of respect for local custom during a visit to Malaysia on her and Prince William's Diamond Jubilee Tour. While they were there, the scandal surrounding topless photos of Kate broke.
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    The cover of People magazine after images of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas were leaked. The scandal did not dent the prince's popularity.
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    Prince Harry dances during a visit to the non-governmental organization RISE (Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education) in Kingston, Jamaica, on March 6, 2012, as part of his Caribbean tour for the Diamond Jubilee that honored Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating 60 years on the throne.
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    As the year ends, attention is focused on the "royal bump." Here Kate leaves the hospital on Dec. 6, 2012, after spending three nights being treated for a type of severe morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, after the royal couple announced her pregnancy.
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