Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, people gathered to pay their respects at the Boston Public Library's memorial, where objects left by mourners were collected for a display of running shoes, hats, notes, and more. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also participated in a memorial this week, touching down in Texas for both a Fort Hood memorial service and the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Civil Rights Act. Across the globe, things were decidedly lighter for Prince William and Kate Middleton, who continued their royal tour adventures with little Prince George. See all that and more with the week's best pictures from around the world!
A woman photographed the Washington DC cherry blossoms , which are in their peak blooming season.
Kate Middleton and Prince William were all smiles during the royal tour stop in Auckland , New Zealand, where the cute couple raced against each other. (Kate won.)
In Washington DC, a child snapped a picture of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama touched down in Texas, where they attended the Civil Rights Summit  for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
In Their Shoes
People attended the Boston Marathon memorial exhibition at the Boston Public Library ahead of the one-year anniversary of the bombing.
The Quidditch World Cup  took place in Myrtle Beach, SC, where the University of Texas took home the championship.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dodged a shoe  that was thrown at her while she spoke at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference in Las Vegas.
People gathered for the emotional 20th anniversary commemoration  of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
A visitor checked out the installation by Doug Wheeler during the press preview at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy.
On the Lookout
Members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force continued their search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
London's Trafalgar Square was full of feathers for all the World Pillow Fight Day  festivities.
The loved ones of Fort Hood, TX, shooting victims comforted one another during a memorial service, where President Barack Obama spoke and paid his respects.
Dining in Style
Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family welcomed Irish President Michael D. Higgins to Windsor in style for his first state visit.
Oscar Pistorius's sister, Aimée, became emotional during his testimony.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted a tulip from a robot at an industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
Chicken eggs were colored ahead of the Easter holiday in Breckerfeld, Germany.
Tightrope walker Denis Josselin completed a successful, 30-minute walk across the Seine River in Paris.
The botanical gardens in Berlin drew crowds at the start of Spring.
Two students shared a hug while watching a race during the RoboCup Junior Rescue in Pontedera, Italy, where more than a thousand students gathered for three days of competitions.