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Beyonce scores most-liked Instagram picture of 2017

Beyonce's pregnancy announcement photograph has become the most-liked image on Instagram this year (17).

The Formation singer broke the record for the most-liked photo by receiving more than 8 million likes within several hours in February (17) when she announced she was expecting twins in an elaborately staged image, in which she knelt in front of a floral backdrop wearing nothing but a veil and her underwear and clutched her baby bump.

It has since reached 11.1 million likes, putting her top of the leaderboard for 2017. She also landed in fourth place for the social media debut of her and husband JAY-Z's twins Sir and Rumi, which has achieved 10.2 million likes.

Baby announcements largely dominated the top five, with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo coming in second with 11 million for the picture of him and his son Cristiano Jr. posing beside his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and their newborn daughter Alana Martin in the hospital shortly after her birth in November. He also came in fifth for his debut of twins Mateo and Eva, who were born via surrogate mothers, earlier this year.

Selena Gomez, who remains the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, landed the third most-liked picture for her announcement about her kidney transplant. The picture, which was posted in September, shows the singer and her best pal Francia Raisa holding hands after their surgery and has achieved 10.3 million likes. Four of her other snaps, including two with then-boyfriend The Weeknd, made the top 10.

She has 130 million followers, putting her ahead of Ronaldo (116 million), Ariana Grande (114 million), Beyonce (108 million) and both Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift, who have around 104 million. The top ten also contains Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Dwayne Johnson, and Justin Bieber.

Ronaldo, who scored the most popular video on Instagram, also gained the most followers within 2017 with 30 million. Selena achieved more than 24 million and Ariana had 22 million.