At 264 million pounds, and 217 feet, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’ is the world’s biggest-ever cruise ship. The widest cruise ship ever built, its 1,187-feet length makes it 164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The ship is headed for Southampton in southern England and is to embark on its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona.
Across the globe, St. Patrick’s Day 2016 was a pageant of revelry, faith and activism. In Dublin, crowds filled the streets for a glimpse of large, colorful floats. In Northern Ireland, pilgrims walked to St. Patrick’s resting place. In New York, former protesters became marchers with an end to a ban on openly gay parade participants.
It’s opening day of Birmingham, England’s Crufts dog show, which claims to be the world’s largest. Good luck cards pinned above a dog’s stall hint at the stakes. Indeed, even the walk into the exhibition hall seems like a performance.
Across the Christian world, it’s a day for indulgence. Fats and dairy traditionally forbidden during Lent, which begins tomorrow, are packed into pastries, doughnuts and other celebrated treats, including pancakes, the inspiration of a hundreds-year-old race in Olney, England. Legend says a housewife at the stove when called to church dashed to the service with her frying pan, a pancake still inside it. More recently, the women of Liberal, Kansas, got in on the fun, challenging Olney to a friendly international competition after seeing media coverage about the event.
The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival festival is set up by the Greater Manchester Branches of The Campaign For Real Ale. The festival features over 600 different beers, perries and ciders.
Pigeons, to some, are nothing more than rats with wings. However, homing pigeons are another story; Queen Elizabeth II keeps pigeons at the Sandringham Estate in the Norfolk countryside. At the three-day ‘British Homing World Show of the Year,’ homing pigeon fanciers from across Europe gather to find the Supreme Show Champion with judges casting their eyes over hundreds of birds on display. The Royal Pigeon Racing Association organises the event at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England.
Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in England, is made of rock from some 200 miles from its location. Researchers have a new theory why: As The Washington Post reports, they say it was built in Wales, where it sat for hundreds of years, before being moved.
The day in photos around the world.