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  • 1. The petals converged into one, after they were lit by the seven teenagers, rising high above thestadium
  • 2. The Queen is applauded by other dignitaries after making her arrival in the Olympic Stadium
  • 3. Spectacular entrance: A stuntman portraying the Queen tumbles out of a helicopter high abovethe Olympic Stadium before unfurling a Union Jack
  • 4. Atkinson cheated his way to victory in a mock up of the famous Chariots of Fire scene
  • 5. Children perform on trampolines as dancers play Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital staff
  • 6. Actresses dressed as Mary Poppins float above the stadium, clinging onto umbrellas
  • 7. Rowan Atkinson in his role as Mr Bean takes part in an Opening Ceremony sketch
  • 8. David Beckham appears to drive the torch up the River Thames in a Speedboat, as fireworks areset off on Tower Bridge
  • 9. Performers pay silent tribute to war dead and the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks
  • 10. ... but he had a little help from a crew, who were cleverly hidden from shot
  • 11. Scottish singer Emeli Sande of performs a moving rendition of Abide With Me
  • 12. Flying the flag: Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Maria Sharapova of Russia carry their nations flags intothe Stadium
  • 13. Proud moment: Sir Chris Hoy acts as flag bearer for Great Britain as the team enters the OlympicStadium
  • 14. A spectacular firework display marked the bands performance
  • 15. Fireworks lit up the night sky as the Stadium anxiously awaited the arrival of the Olympic Flame
  • 16. The flame is passed to five times gold medal winner Sir Steve Redgrave by David Beckham, whocarried the flame into Stratford on a speedboat
  • 17. The sporting prospects lit the petals, after they were passed the flame by Sir Steve Redgrave
  • 18. Former British rower and five times Olympic gold medalist, Steve Redgrave, passes the Torch toseven children, nominated to light the flame
  • 19. The audience watched open-mouthed as the burning petals raised
  • 20. London is illuminated by a stunning firework display as the Opening Ceremony reaches acrescendo
  • 21. Strict operations: A group of police officers gather together outside the Olympics stadium inStratford, east London, and take security instructions from a senior policeman in plain clothes
  • 22. Officers wait on a street outside the Olympics stadium as the final preparations for the event areput in place. There are added tensions after security blunders by G4S
  • 23. Costume contest: A Brazilian and a Brit compete for the most creative Opening Ceremonycostume in the Olympic Park
  • 24. Ready, steady, go!: Crowds start to arrive in Stratford shortly after 5, ahead of the OpeningCeremony tonight
  • 25. Crowds pour through the Olympic Park as audience members start to fill the stadium
  • 26. Performers in period costume as nurses pose as they arrive for the Opening Ceremony
  • 27. The Red Arrows fly past as a giant clock countdowns to the start of the Opening Ceremony
  • 28. Performers in costume gather on the field with animals before before the opening ceremony ofthe Olympic Games
  • 29. Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge take in the pre-show after arrivingat the Opening Ceremony
  • 30. The world gathers in Stratford: Fans from Ethiopia, draped in their countrys flag arrive for theOpening Ceremony
  • 31. Showcase: Three young people in the crowd try out their 3D glasses at the Opening Ceremony atthe Olympic Stadium
  • 32. Animals, including geese take to the stage against a backdrop of artificial clouds and a giantwater wheel during the opening ceremony
  • 33. Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor get into the festive spirit,
  • 34. Performers play cricket during the Opening Ceremony pre-show
  • 35. Weather-beaten fans improvise as rain begins to fall on the Olympic Stadium ahead of theOpening Ceremony
  • 36. Weather-beaten fans improvise as rain begins to fall on the Olympic Stadium ahead of theOpening Ceremony
  • 37. Actor Kenneth Branagh performs a speech from Shakespeares The Tempest in character asIsambard Kingdom Brunel
  • 38. Industrial workers forge the Olympic rings in a mocked up steel milIndustrial workers forge the Olympic rings in a mocked up steel mil
  • 39. The Olympic rings are illuminated with pyrotechnics as they are raised above the stadium duringthe Opening Ceremony
  • 40. The lights dimmed inside the stadium, while a tribute to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospitalglowed blue
  • 41. The stadium is filled with dancers on giant beds
  • 42. Oh look the Yanks have got there first: Ryan Musgrave of Chicago holds up a U.S. flag
  • 43. Supporting Team GB: Spectators adorned with with the Union Jack flags pose in the Olympic Parkprior to the start of the ceremony
  • 44. An excited British fan is among the first to arrive in the stadium. Each audience member will finda Cadburys chocolate bar and a interactive wand under their seat
  • 45. The giant Olympic Bell strikes an imposing figure at the end of the stadium. The bell will ringduring the show, marking the start of the Games