Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 8 – April 15

England
Darren Staples—Reuters
April 11, 2011. What will it take for a commoner to fill a queen’s shoes? Lots of training. Unending patience. A comfort with discomfort. And acceptance of the fact that not a square centimeter of your body will go unphotographed from this day forth and forevermore. Kate Middleton tested the spotlight one last time before her wedding, starting a girls’ track race in Lancashire, England. Some 5,000 well-wishers went to see her. Next time, she’ll be in white.—Nancy Gibbs

This week Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo is overthrown and the country’s president assures the public that life will soon return to normal, protesters calling for the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei manipulate his installation at the Tate Modern in London, Kate Middleton steps out for a final appearance before the royal wedding, and a 13-year-old Justin Bieber fan is in the marrying mood.

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