After 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth could count on her family to help carry out a year full of royal engagements, including the Diamond Jubilee celebrations throughout the UK, overseas tours, and the Olympics in London. The British royal family rose to the challenge of topping last year's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and even capped off the year with a baby announcement. The impending birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's heir definitely gives royal watchers something to look forward to next year. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's look back at the best photos from the UK royal family's big year. And no, infamous topless photos of Kate and nude photos of Harry in Vegas not included.
Best of 2012: A Year in Royals