In Pictures: Crowds gather for summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

Solstice-watchers were gifted with clear skies at Stonehenge, where they saw in the longest day of the year.

Thousands gathered at the ancient site in Wiltshire to see the sun rise over the horizon at 4.52am.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>People gathered on Wednesday evening at Stonehenge, where it is believed solstices have been celebrated for thousands of years (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
People gathered on Wednesday evening at Stonehenge, where it is believed solstices have been celebrated for thousands of years (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>A selfie at sunset ahead of an early start in the morning (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
A selfie at sunset ahead of an early start in the morning (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Some took a more traditional approach to the ancient celebration (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
Some took a more traditional approach to the ancient celebration (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Attendees had their patience rewarded with a glorious sunrise (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
Attendees had their patience rewarded with a glorious sunrise (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>English Heritage said it was a perfect morning for the occasion (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
English Heritage said it was a perfect morning for the occasion (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Hula-hooping at the Henge (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
Hula-hooping at the Henge (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Some were in the mood for music (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
Some were in the mood for music (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Up to 25,000 people were expected to gather (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
Up to 25,000 people were expected to gather (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>English Heritage asked those attending to respect the stones (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
English Heritage asked those attending to respect the stones (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Blending the ancient and modern (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
Blending the ancient and modern (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument (Ben Birchall/PA)</figcaption>
On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument (Ben Birchall/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola London Eye opened early to solstice-watchers (Jonathan Hordle/PA)</figcaption>
Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola London Eye opened early to solstice-watchers (Jonathan Hordle/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>It was the first time the attraction has opened to mark the occasion (Jonathan Hordle/PA)</figcaption>
It was the first time the attraction has opened to mark the occasion (Jonathan Hordle/PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The city skyline at sunrise was a stark contrast to Stonehenge (Jonathan Hordle/PA)</figcaption>
The city skyline at sunrise was a stark contrast to Stonehenge (Jonathan Hordle/PA)

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