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In pictures: Summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge

Thousands have gathered at the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge in England’s southwest to greet the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

June 21, 2022
21 June 2022

Thousands of people have welcomed the longest day of the year under clear skies at Stonehenge.

Some of the prehistoric monument’s giant stones are aligned with the rising sun on the longest and shortest days, and traditionally sees people celebrating the solstices at the site.

The dawn event marked the first time since the pandemic began people have taken part in these ancient ceremonies, thought to date back thousands of years.

Dawn breaks behind the stones during the Summer Solstice festivities at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
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The sun begins to rise above the Heel Stone (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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People touch one of the stones at the monument (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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The sun begins to shine on the longest day (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A yoga session takes place before the rising sun (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A gathering at the 16ft Heel Stone
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The summer solstice sun rises behind the Liverpool skyline (Peter Byrne/PA)
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Celebrations as the sun rises (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Arthur Uther Pendragon and fellow revellers
Eco-campaigner and neo-Druid Arthur Uther Pendragon joins people as they gather at the Heel Stone (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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People dressed in traditional robes ahead of the ceremony (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Revellers will return for the Winter Solstice in December (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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