British Stars of 2011

Colin Firth won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in "The King's Speech"

We also said goodbye to Hollywood royalty with the passing of the iconic and irreplaceable Dame Elizabeth Taylor

British singer Amy Winehouse lost her battle against her demons this year; a sad loss for the British music industry. She is sorely missed by her fans.

Meryl Streep has received rave reviews for her portrayal of our first female Prime Minister, The Baroness Thatcher, in "The Iron Lady". Managing to make both the political left and right irate, this film is going to be great when it's released in the U.K. in the New Year.

The Dowager Countess of Grantham has graced our screens once again this year, and her pithy, witty and catty remarks have had us chuckling for hours:

Prince William and Catherine Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) finally tied the knot in April. With a four day weekend and glorious weather, the whole country went to town celebrating the Royal Wedding. Truly a weekend to remember.

This picture takes a lot of explaining. As the London riots continued, a great deal of damage was done to the city each night. In the day, however, concerned citizens took to the streets with brooms and bin-bags to clear up the debris. Here we can see the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, lending a hand.

David Walliams not only successfully completed the 140-mile charity swim along the Thames, London, but he also rescued a drowning dog en route.

It has been a great year for The Queen, who gave a dignified and historic speech on Anglo-Irish relations at Dublin Castle and also overturned the rule of male primogeniture in the right of succession.

David Seidler won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "The King's Speech". This was truly well-deserved not just for the moving film, but also a remarkable demonstration of loyalty and compassion towards the people who made the film possible. David Seidler wrote to the Queen Mother some years ago, asking her permission to make a film about her late husband's struggle against a stammer. She replied saying yes, but requested that he do so after she had passed away. David Seidler magnanimously respected her wishes.

While we take a look back at the best of British in 2011, join us in raising a glass to 2012 which will no doubt be a great year with the Olympics coming a close second to the The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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