England said hello or goodbye to a host of new or departing things and people in 2005. These couples in Brighton were among the first to take part in gay "weddings" in December.
Hunting foxes with dogs became illegal in England on 18 February but many hunts have managed to continue their activities by adapting to stay within the new laws.
Twenty four hour drinking became legal in England on 24 November with some people fearing it would bring trouble, but many police forces reported quieter nights than usual.
The BBC dropped its familiar symbols from its weather forecasts, as modelled here by Bill Giles.
The Ashes returned to English hands for the first time since the 1980s when England's cricketers beat Australia.
But there was sadder news for English cricket in January when the famous lime tree on the field at Kent's home ground in Canterbury blew down in a storm.
Daniel Craig was unveiled as the new James Bond in October. He will be the first English actor to play 007 since Roger Moore's final Bond film in 1985.
The last journey by a Routemaster bus serving a normal London route was on 9 December. Some will stay on the capital's streets as "heritage" buses.
Dr John Sentamu became the first black archbishop in the Church of England when he was enthroned as Archbishop of York in November.
Well-known English people to die in 2005 included politicians Edward Heath, Mo Mowlam and James Callaghan and entertainers Ronnie Barker, Richard Whiteley and John Mills.