February's Best Pictures From Around the World

Between the Sochi Games and some surprising Winter weather, there were more than a few memorable moments captured on camera in February. The world watched as the best athletes competed in Russia, with the 2014 Olympics carrying a string of must-see moments and some hilarious candid expressions. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and the rest of the British royal family made official appearances, the Obamas were in the spotlight for the State of the Union address, and several cities saw extrasnowy days. As the month comes to a close, take a look at February's best pictures from around the world!

Game Time
Getty | Richard Heathcote

Game Time

The Olympic cauldron was tested at the Sochi Olympic Park in Russia.

Sandy Snow
Getty | Richard Ellis

Sandy Snow

Following a rare ice storm in Charleston, SC, kids played on a sand dune covered with snow.

Special Seats
Getty | PAUL J. RICHARDS

Special Seats

First Lady Michelle Obama waved from her box seat alongside US Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during the State of the Union address in Washington DC.

Flag Waving
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Flag Waving

People in Melbourne, Australia, gathered for the Australia Day parade.

On Tap
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On Tap

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles enjoyed some beer while visiting The Bell Pub in Purleigh, England.

Protest Performance
Getty | Dan Kitwood

Protest Performance

In London, people performed parts of Swan Lake outside the Russian Embassy and submitted a petition asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to "end his assault on freedom of expression and gay rights" in his country.

In the Spotlight
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In the Spotlight

Hillary Clinton spoke at the 10th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans.

On Fire
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On Fire

People in Lerwick, Scotland, participated in a traditional festival of fire.

Holy Kisses
Getty | Franco Origlia

Holy Kisses

Pope Francis gave a little girl a kiss during his weekly audience in Vatican City.

Speaking Out
Getty | George Frey

Speaking Out

People on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate filled the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, holding up signs to voice their pro- and anti-gay-marriage opinions.

Icy Shores
Getty | Scott Olson

Icy Shores

In Chicago, a person braved -10ºF temperatures to snap pictures of the steam over Lake Michigan.

Speed Demon
Getty | Julian Finney

Speed Demon

Romanian luger Valentin Cretu prepped for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In Memoriam
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In Memoriam

Candles burned during a vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York.

Glow in the Dark
Getty | JOHN MACDOUGALL

Glow in the Dark

Dancers performed during the Olympics opening ceremony.

Royal Salute
Getty | Jeff J Mitchell

Royal Salute

Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired a 21-gun royal salute at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne.

Uphill Battle
Getty | Scott Olson

Uphill Battle

A sanitation worker gathered a pile of salt in Chicago, preparing for another major Winter storm.

London Fog
Getty | Chris Jackson

London Fog

London looked monochromatic under dark clouds.

Crash Into Me
Getty | Matt Cardy

Crash Into Me

Storm waves hit the seafront in Dawlish, England.

Huh?!
Getty | John Moore

Huh?!

Fame, 3, a Papillon, waited for a treat after demonstrating skills for the upcoming agility competition as part of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Head-to-Head
Getty | Jason Oxenham

Head-to-Head

Waka Ama crew members welcome each other with a nose press on the beach as they celebrate Waitangi Day in New Zealand.

Got Your Nose
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Got Your Nose

Prince Charles, now officially a grandfather, enjoyed playing with twins during a day out in London.

Jazz Hands
Getty | Andrew Burton

Jazz Hands

The Radio City Rockettes performed in Grand Central Terminal as a preview for their new show.

Fired Up
Getty | Buddhika Weerasinghe

Fired Up

Men carried torches during the Oto Fire Festival at Kamikura Shrine in Japan.

Shredding Powder
Getty | Darren McCollester

Shredding Powder

In Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, a golf course got some much-needed plowing.

Bounce in His Step
Getty | Chip Somodevilla

Bounce in His Step

President Barack Obama walked across the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One.

Cooling Down
Getty | Mario Tama

Cooling Down

Sunbathers packed gorgeous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as one in particular enjoyed a shower.

Love Lockdown
Getty | Kristy Sparow

Love Lockdown

A view of the Pont Des Arts on Valentine's Day in Paris.

Sky High
Getty | Lars Baron

Sky High

An Olympic skier rocketed into the air at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Blue Skies
Getty | Mario Tama

Blue Skies

A worker perched on the Christ the Redeemer statue during a ceremony blessing the workers by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro.

Love Birds
Getty | Justin Sullivan

Love Birds

A biologist gave an African Penguin a Valentine's Day card at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Wedding Bells
Getty | Chung Sung-Jun

Wedding Bells

Couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony at Cheongshim Peace World Center in South Korea.

Coastal Storms
Getty | David Goddard

Coastal Storms

Huge waves hit the Newhaven Lighthouse as another Altlantic storm hits the coast of Great Britain.

Fighting Back
Getty | Alexander Koerner

Fighting Back

An antigovernment protester stood inside a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine.

Heading Abroad
Getty | TED ALJIBE

Heading Abroad

David Beckham greeted fans in the Philippines.

Snow White (House)
Getty | Mark Wilson

Snow White (House)

Snow fell in front of the US Capitol building in Washington DC.

Snow Way
Getty | Spencer Platt

Snow Way

A bicycle sat in the dirty snow in New York City during an unusually snowy Winter.

Taking Water
Getty | Oli Scarff

Taking Water

Houses were ravaged by flooding on the Thames Riviera in the United Kingdom.

May the Force Be With You
Getty | Chesnot

May the Force Be With You

Darth Vader's costume was displayed during the presentation of the exhibition Star Wars Identities at the Cité du Cinéma outside Paris.

In Memoriam
Getty | Sean Gallup

In Memoriam

People lit candles in front of Dresden's Frauenkirche church on the 69th anniversary of the World War II firebombing of the city.

Taking Off
Getty | Max Mumby/Indigo

Taking Off

Prince Harry sat in the cockpit of one of the aircrafts while visiting the Boultbee Flight Academy in Goodwood, England.

Snowy Shores
Getty | Scott Olson

Snowy Shores

With Lake Michigan more than 80 percent frozen, Chicago saw an icy shoreline.

In the Thick of It
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In the Thick of It

A young boy was seen among the antigovernment protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, where clashes took a more violent turn.

White Out
Getty | Hagen Hopkins

White Out

In Wellington, New Zealand, the ferry moved through the fog on the Wellington Harbour.

Frozen Moment
Getty | Ian MacNicol

Frozen Moment

Olympic snowboarders Michela Moioli of Italy, Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria, Faye Gulini of Team USA, and Chloe Trespeuch of France made one of the jumps together during the women's snowboard cross.

Holy Crowd
Getty | Franco Origlia

Holy Crowd

Pope Francis greeted a group of cardinals when he arrived for the extraordinary consistory in Vatican City.

Goodbye, Winter
Getty | Matej Divizna

Goodbye, Winter

Crowds gathered in the streets of Roztoky in the Czech Republic at the start of Carnival season.

Going Bare
Getty | Adam Berry

Going Bare

People participated in the naked inner-tube sledding competition in Hecklingen, Germany.

Photo Op
Getty | Yawar Nazir

Photo Op

People snapped pictures in front of snow sculptures in Gulmarg, a popular tourist town near Kashmir, India.

Royal Baby
Getty | Max Mumby/Indigo

Royal Baby

Zara Phillips brought her baby daughter, Mia Tindall, to the Barbury Castle Point-to-Point race meeting in Marlborough, England.

In Love
Getty | Spencer Platt

In Love

Following weeks of chilly weather, NYC saw some warmer temperatures and thick fog.

Bright Boats
Getty | Marco Secchi

Bright Boats

Venice, Italy, saw the opening of Carnival with the traditional regatta on the Grand Canal.