British politics has been a particularly colourful affair this year.
The Olympics, Jubilee and a host of visiting dignitaries provided ample photo opportunities for our politicians, many of whom are a little "beige" on their own.
For a bit of foreign spice we've included some moments from further afield to.
So join the Huffington Post UK and have a reminisce of the political year just gone...
Cameron visits Yorkshire
Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in 'PM Direct' question and answer session with workers at the head office of supermarket giant Asda in Leeds.
Prime Minister visits West Midlands
Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in 'PM Direct' question and answer session with workers at Lear Corporation in Redditch, Worcestershire today.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Jill McDonald, McDonald's CEO of UK and Ireland, are seen during a visit to a McDonald's restaurant in north London.
McDonald's staff wait for a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the McDonald's Training Centre in north London.
Referendum on Scottish independence
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/20/scottish-independence-alex-salmond_n_1992564.html">Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond</a> MSP during a visit to Barclays Wealth newly renovated headquarters in Edinburgh where he met staff.
Labour leader Ed Miliband meets pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, London, with local MP Rushanara Ali before he delivered a speech on the economy.
St David's Day reception
Prime Minister David Cameron bows to actress Joanna Page, who plays Stacey in the TV comedy show Gavin and Stacey, during a reception at Downing Street to mark St David's Day.
London conference on Somalia
Prime Minister David Cameron talks to US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton during the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tag/somalia">Somalia</a> Conference at Lancaster House in London.
Labour leader Ed Miliband meets nine year old Ashanti Chandler during his visit to the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/30/nhs-bankrupt-department-of-health_n_2042659.html">Homerton Hospital</a> in Hackney, east London.
Balls visits Scotland
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls (left) and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves (back left) during a visit to Standard Life, Edinburgh.
Hague in Somalia
British foreign secretary William Hague is driven through Mogadishu, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/william-hague/somalia-why-we-have-to-help_b_1254209.html">Somalia</a>, in a Kasspir armoured vehicle, during a visit to the war-torn state.
Boris Johnson launches community sports investment drive
London Mayor Boris Johnson, at Greenwood Primary School, Northolt with Gladiators, Enigma (left) and Doom, beside pupils enjoying a mobile swimming pool which tours London schools that are without pools.
Cameron meets the Sports Relief Team
Prime Minster David Cameron (L) meets <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/pixie-lott/how-sport-relief-cash-is-_b_2300560.html">with comedians</a> John Bishop and David Walliams in the 10 Downing Street in London.
Bradford West by-election
Labour party leader Ed Miliband travels to Bradford to campaign in next week's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/29/george-galloway-wins-by-election-bradford-west_n_1389950.html">Bradford West by-election.</a>
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds up his red Ministerial Box outside 11 Downing Street before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/22/budget-2012-george-osborne-granny-tax_n_1371767.html">annual Budget statement</a>.
Labour's 6 key pledges for London launch
Labour leader Ed Miliband and London Mayor candidate Ken Livingstone travel on a bus to London Bridge to launch Labour's 6 key pledges for London.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, actor and Labour supporter Richard Wilson and shadow chief secretary to the treasury Rachel Reeves as they meet staff and shoppers at a Morrisons supermarket in St Albans, Hertfordshire today where they discussed the effects of last month's budget and how it will impact on pensioners.
David Cameron visit to the US - Day One
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/27/david-cameron-letterman-late-show-rule-britannia_n_1918137.html">Prime Minister David Cameron</a> and US President Barack Obama in Ohio as they watch a basketball game.
David Cameron visit to the US - Day Two
Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama and their wives Samantha and Michelle wave to guests at the official welcoming ceremony of David and Samantha Cameron in the garden of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/uk-state-dinner-obama-cameron-_n_1346574.html">White House in Washington.</a>.
Conservative Party Spring Forum
Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) take the tube from Westminster to Southwark where they visited Transport for London's Surface Transport and Traffic Operations Centre which monitors traffic flow and will play a key part in the summer during the London Olympics.
SNP Spring Conference
Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon close the Scottish National Party Conference in Glasgow.
Osborne at the 5 Broadgate development
Chancellor George Osborne helps to start work on the new 5 Broadgate development in the City Of London today where new offices for UBS will be built.
London Mayoral Election
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/04/boris-johnson-takes-early-lead-in-london-mayor-race_n_1476793.html">London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone</a> at the launch in south London of a poster supporting his campaign to be Mayor of London today.
London mayoral radio debate
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson (right) gives a reply to a question from a listener, as Ken Livingstone looks on, during a debate by all four candidates for the Mayoral election next month, during an hour long radio show at LBC studios in central London.
London Mayoral Election
Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler leave their local polling station in London after voting in the mayoral and council elections.
London mayor Boris Johnson joined in the St George's day celebrations at Leadenhall Market in central London this afternoon.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/04/boris-johnson-wins-london-mayor-election-ken-livingstone-city-hall-_n_1478191.html">London mayor Boris Johnson</a> joined in the St George's day celebrations at Leadenhall Market in central London this afternoon.
Hunt fights for job amid BSkyB row
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/31/jeremy-hunt-considered-quitting-over-bskyb-bid-but-let-his-adviser-go-instead_n_1559421.html">Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt</a> leaves his office in central for the House of Commons in Westminster today.
Athletics - 32nd Virgin London Marathon
Labour politician Ed Balls crosses the finish line during the 32nd Virgin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/22/london-marathon-photos-mary-keitany-towie-sophie-raworth_n_1443433.html">London Marathon in London.</a>
David Cameron visit to Japan and South East Asia - Day Four
Prime Minister David Cameron meets pro democracy leader <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/13/david-cameron-arrives-in-burma-british-prime-minister_n_1422646.html">Aung San Suu Kyi</a> at her Lakeside Villa in Rangoon, Burma today.
Global anti-rape scheme launched
Actress Angelina Jolie with Foreign Secretary William Hague, ahead of a screening of her new film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' at the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, during the launch of a new Government initiative aimed at tackling sexual violence in war zones across the world.
Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron
President Barack Obama, right, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, sit together at the start of the Partners Meeting at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Barack Obama, David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, left, and President Barack Obama on his arrival at the NATO summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Hollande, Obama, Cameron, Medvedev
World leaders attend the first working session of the G-8 Summit at Camp David, Md,, Saturday, May 19, 2012. From left are French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)
Leaders Commence G8 Summit At Camp David
CAMP DAVID, MD - MAY 19: In this handout provided by The White House, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, U.S. President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and others watch the overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final in the Laurel Cabin conference room during the G8 Summit on May 19, 2012 at Camp David, Maryland. Leaders of eight of the worlds largest economies meet over the weekend in an effort to keep the lingering European debt crisis from spinning out of control. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
President Barack Obama gives German Chancellor Angela Merkel a kiss on the cheek on arrival for the G8 Summit Friday, May 18, 2012 at Camp David, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Cameron visits flood victims
Prime Minister David Cameron is confronted by Kathleen Simpson as he leaves the town hall in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, after a meeting with council officials and emergency services workers <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/10/uk-weather-britain-braced-further-flooding_n_1660892.html">about the floods </a>which hit the town on Friday night.
Cameron visits flood victims
Prime Minister David Cameron is confronted by Kathleen Simpson as he leaves the town hall in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, after a meeting with council officials and emergency services workers about the floods which hit the town on Friday night.
PA Picture Review of the Year 2012
File photo dated 27/6/2012 of Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/24/gerry-adams-martin-mcguinness-queen-ireland_n_1622609.html">Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness</a> watched by First minister Peter Robinson (centre) at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Faith/pool)
Aung San Suu Kyi visit to UK
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/19/aung-san-suu-kyi-arrives-_n_1607803.html">Aung San Suu Kyi </a> with Labour leader Ed Miliband, speaks as she officially opens Labour's new headquarters in London, before meeting the shadow cabinet.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, to attend the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/leveson-inquiry/"> Leveson Inquiry</a>, as the investigation into media standards enters its most politically-charged week.
David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Jens Stoltenberg
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, reacts as she attends a panel discussion with students from 16 countries about the future of Germany at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 7, 2012 together with Prime Ministers from Britain David Cameron, 2nd row 2nd from right, and Norway Jens Stoltenberg, 2nd. row right . ( AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
London Olympic Games - Day 1
Queen Elizabeth II is shown the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tag/uk-olympics">Olympic Stadium</a> by London Mayor Boris Johnson from the top of the Orbit, during a short tour of the Olympic site in Stratford east London.
London Olympic Games - Day 4
Prince Harry holds a Kangaroo given to him by Australian athletes, as he walks with MP Tessa Jowell (left), Duchess of Cambridge (second right) and Mayor of the Olympic Village Sir Charles Allen (right) during a visit to the Team GB accommodation flats in the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.
London 2012 Olympic Games
US First Lady Michelle Obama and David Beckham at a 'Let's Move!' event, for the families of US Military personnel, at Winfield House, in Regent's Park, central London.
Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Troops In Afghanistan
British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, meets with British soldiers at Kandahar airfield, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/18/david-cameron-afghanistan-_n_1682449.html">Afghanistan,</a> Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Cameron is holding talks with troops in southern Afghanistan amid discussions over how international forces plan to meet their 2014 deadline to withdraw from combat. (AP Photo/Jeff J. Mitchell, Pool)
Zip-wire mishap made Johnson famous
London Mayor Boris Johnson, as most Indians know Johnson for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/01/boris-johnson-gets-stuck-on-zip-wire-picture_n_1727753.html">getting stuck on a zip-wire </a>during the Olympics, one of the country's top talk-show hosts has said.
Zip-wire mishap made Johnson famous
London Mayor Boris Johnson, as most Indians know Johnson for getting stuck on a zip-wire during the Olympics, one of the country's top talk-show hosts has said.
London Olympic Games - Day 7
London Mayor Boris Johnson cheers on Great Britain's Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins as they win gold in the women's double sculls at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, Windsor, during a visit to meet members of the armed forces in Tobacco Dock, Wapping, as a thank you for their help in making the London 2012 Olympic Games secure.
London Olympic Games - Day 16
Arnold Schwarzenegger with London Mayor Boris Johnson during men's basketball final on sixteen of the Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena, London.
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