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

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