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Olympics: Opening ceremony

Updated 2057 GMT (0457 HKT) August 14, 2012
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The countdown to the start of the opening ceremony is projected across the stands while the Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, flies over the Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was held on Friday, July 27. Check out photos from the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Spectators take shelter under umbrellas prior to the start of the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A man wearing glasses waits for the start of the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A balloon flies over spectators prior to the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Spectators wait under the rain before the ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The Red Arrows fly over Olympic Stadium before the opening ceremony. Getty Images
A robotic camera captures an overview of the Olympic Stadium at the start of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Performers prepare for the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The Red Arrows fly over the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower. Getty Images
Danny Boyle, the London 2012 artistic director, addresses the audience. Getty Images
The Red Arrows disappear over London ahead of the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour De France cycle race, waves to the audience. Getty Images
A young performer holds a balloon bearing the Olympic rings. Getty Images
A young performer holds a balloon. Getty Images
Artists take the field for the meadow scene. AFP/Getty Images
Artists arrive before the start of the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Fans take photos as cows are lead across the stadium floor. Getty Images
Artists arrive in a horse and carriage. AFP/Getty Images
Actors perform during the British meadow scene. AFP/Getty Images
Performers depict a view of the English countryside. Getty Images
Performers depict a view of the English countryside. Getty Images
Cricketers play on the pitch during the preshow. Getty Images
Actors perform during the British meadow scene. AFP/Getty Images
The London Symphony Orchestra performs during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A general view of the inside of the stadium during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the start of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
General view taken during a scene of The Age of Industry. AFP/Getty Images
Huge chimneys emerge from the ground to symbolize the industrial revolution. AFP/Getty Images
An inflatable yellow submarine floats above artists. AFP/Getty Images
Inflatable yellow submarines float above artists during The Age of Industry scene. AFP/Getty Images
Spectators watch the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday. Getty Images
A general view of Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Actors perform during the British meadow scene during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Kenneth Branagh performs as Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Getty Images
Artists perform as the sun sets in the background. AFP/Getty Images
The sun sets behind performers. AFP/Getty Images
Drummers dressed in period garb perform during the opening ceremony. Kansas City Star/MCT
Performers drum during the Opening Ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Drummers during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Actors perform during the industrial revolution scene. AFP/Getty Images
A general view of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Getty Images
The Olympic rings form. Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The Olympic rings are assembled above the stadium in a scene depicting the Industrial Revolution. Getty Images
Freshly "forged" Olympic Rings fly above the chimneys during The Age of Industry scene. AFP/Getty Images
Olympic rings are assembled. AFP/Getty Images
An actor dressed to resemble Britain's Queen Elizabeth II parachutes into the stadium. AFP/Getty Images
People wave Union flags during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists dressed in costumes perform. AFP/Getty Images
Performers with jetpacks take part in the opening ceremony. Getty Images
An actor dressed to resemble Britain's Queen Elizabeth II parachutes into the stadium during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II, right, and Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, attend the ceremony. Getty Images
Actors and dancers play Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital staff and patients. AFP/Getty Images
Performers from the GOSH, Great Ormond Street Hospital, perform during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
An artist flies over children and nurses during the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital scene. AFP/Getty Images
Actors perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Dancers perform in the GOSH and NHS scene. AFP/Getty Images
Children perform a song. Getty Images
Giant puppets depicting Lord Voldemort, center, from the Harry Potter books and the Child Catcher from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" swirl around the stage in the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Lord Voldemort looms over the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Spectators wearing 3-D glasses during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
An artist performs during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
General view taken as actors perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Giant pictures depicting villains of British literature, including Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," are displayed during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
An actor dressed as Mary Poppins performs in the GOSH and NHS scene. AFP/Getty Images
Performers float with umbrellas as they play the role of Mary Poppins. Getty Images
General view taken as actors perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
British actor Rowan Atkinson in his role as Mr. Bean plays in the orchestra. Getty Images
A broad view of the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Performers dance to British music spanning the decades. Getty Images
A general view of the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
An artist performs with a glowing pacifier during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A performer in a giant ball is passed around during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Dancers perform under a "setting sun" in a scene dramatizing the struggle between life and death. AFP/Getty Images
General view of performers during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Dancers perform in a scene dramatizing the struggle between life and death. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Performers dance during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A parachutist lands outside the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images
Artists wearing wings and riding bicylces perform during the ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The Olympic stadium lit up in red and blue during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Members of the Australia team parde into the stadium. Getty Images
Members of Brazil's delegation hold their national flag as they walk during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Simon Whitfield of the Canada Olympic triathlon team carries his country's flag. Getty Images
Canadian athletes enter the stadium. Getty Images
Chinese athletes enter the stadium. Getty Images
Croatia's delegation parades during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Athletes parade during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Members of India's delegation parade in the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A member of India's delegation takes a picture as he parades during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Ali Mazaheri of the Iran Olympic boxing team carries his country's flag. Getty Images
Members of Iran's delegation parade during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Usain Bolt leads the Jamaican Olympic team around the stadium. Getty Images
Reigning Olympic men's 100-meter and 200-meter champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica carries his country's flag. Getty Images
An image of Jamaica's track star Usain Bolt, currently the world's fastest man, is projected on The Houses of Parliament in London. AFP/Getty Images
Natascha Keller of the German Olympic hockey team carries her country's flag during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Song-Chol Pak of the North Korea Olympic team carries his country's flag. Getty Images
Athletes parade during the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Philippine Van Aanholt, an independent Olympic athlete, parades during the opening ceremony AFP/Getty Images
Mariel Zagunis of the United States Olympic fencing team carries her country's flag. Getty Images
Fencer Mariel Zagunis leads the U.S. Olympic team around the stadium. Getty Images
An image of British Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards is projected on the Houses of Parliament . AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Britain's delegation parade wave. AFP/Getty Images
British spectators cheer as they attend the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode from the top of Tower Bridge. Getty Images
Fireworks go off from Tower Bridge. AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks light up Tower Bridge. Getty Images
Fireworks are displayed at Tower Bridge. Getty Images
David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named "Max Power," which carries the Olympic Torch. Getty Images
Torchbearer Sir Steve Redgrave hands the Olympic flame over to the seven young athletes who represent Britain's hopes for the next Olympics. Getty Images
The young athletes carry the Olympic glame. Getty Images
The Olympic flame is carried into the stadium. Getty Images
The Olympic flame burns in the cauldron. Getty Images
The Olympic flame is seen in the stadium during the ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Participants look on as the Olympic flame burns in the cauldron. Getty Images
Fireworks over the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images
Fireworks burst above the stadium during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Fireworks cast a purple glow over the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images
Fireworks explode from the stadium roof. Getty Images
Fireworks ignite over the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images
People cheer as they watch the opening ceremony on an outdoor screen at Piccadilly Circus. AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium and the night sky. Getty Images
Fireworks over the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images
Fireworks illuminate the sky in a fiery rainbow of color. Getty Images
Fireworks go off over the Olympic Stadium at the official opening of the 2012 Games. Getty Images
Danny Boyle, the director of the opening ceremony, reacts to the show. Getty Images
Fireworks form a fiery ring over the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images
General view as fireworks illuminate the sky during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Fireworks are let off over the Olympic stadium Getty Images
Sir Paul McCartney performs during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony. Check out photos from the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images