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Photos Of The Week: European Elvis Championships, New York Ferry Injures 50 And Pregnant Kate Middleton

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Our pictures of the week starts off in Birmingham at the European Elvis Championships with its youngest entrant being just 9 years-old.

Lionel Messi was crowned Footballer of the Year at the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards for the fourth time in a row in Zurich. On Wednesday there were walking wounded as more than 50 passengers were injured in a ferry accident in Manhattan.

Thursday saw newly-single Country star Taylor Swift receive an award at The People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles and on Friday, pregnant Kate Middleton unveiled an 'amazing' portrait of herself at The Nation Portrait Gallery in London.

The Huffington Post Picture Desk brings you the best photos of the day from around the world, chosen by our very own picture editors.

Check them out below and vote on your favourite.

Monday 7th January 2013

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Andrejus Rascinski, aged nine, from Birmingham, waits to perform during the under-14 European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, Birmingham. Elvis Presley impersonators from across the globe have gathered together to compete to be crowned Europe's next big King. More than 70 wannabe rock and roll idols descended on the hotel to strut their sequinned stuff in front of judges in the European Elvis Championships.

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Tuesday 8th January 2013

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi receives the FIFA Ballon d'Or award during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

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Wednesday 9th January 2013

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Victims of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident are aided by rescue personnel, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in New York. The ferry, rear, from New Jersey made a hard landing at the dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.

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Thursday 10th January 2013

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Singer Taylor Swift, winner of Favorite Country Artist walks onstage at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

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Friday 11th January 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge after viewing a new portrait by Paul Emsley of herself at the National Portrait Gallery in central London.

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The Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait was unveiled today - and was described by Kate as "amazing". Award-winning artist Paul Emsley created the large head and shoulders painting of the duchess set against his trademark dark background.

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Filed by Elliot Wagland