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Photos: Olympics closing ceremony

Updated 2057 GMT (0457 HKT) August 14, 2012
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Fireworks light up the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Sunday, August 12. Check out photos from the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Athletes from Great Britain parade during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
From left, London Mayor Boris Johnson, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes enter the stadium. Getty Images
A French athlete carries her nation's flag as the French team parades through the stadium. Getty Images
British actor Timothy Spall portrays Winston Churchill during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Actors perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
An actor waves a Union Jack from atop a mockup of the Big Ben tower. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists wave Union Jack flags as they perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The ceremony featured replicas of several London landmarks, including Tower Bridge and the giant Ferris wheel known as London Eye. Getty Images
Another view of the performance by the British percussion group Stomp. Getty Images
Members of the British percussion group Stomp pound trash cans during their performance. AFP/Getty Images
A rendition of London's Big Ben makes an appearance in the closing ceremony. Getty Images
British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber performs. AFP/Getty Images
Acrobats perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Actors dressed as Batman and Robin perform a segment from an episode of the British television comedy, "Only Fools and Horses." Getty Images
Actors perform in the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The Household Division Ceremonial State Band perform the song "Parklife," originally done by the British rock band Blur. AFP/Getty Images
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performs "Read All About It" during the closing ceremony at Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
A general view of the closing ceremony. Getty Images
The British pop group One Direction performs "What Makes You Beautiful." AFP/Getty Images
Madness perform their 1982 hit "Our House" during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Annie Lennox performs. Getty Images
Annie Lennox performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Brian May of Queen performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Artists form a sculpture representing the face of John Lennon during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
A general view shows the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Spain's sailor Marina Alabau Neira shows her gold medal during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
The Pet Shop Boys perform their evocative song about London, "West End Girls." The duo originally released the song in 1985. AFP/Getty Images
British group Madness, led by lead singer Graham McPherson, perform their 1982 hit, "Our House." AFP/Getty Images
Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson is lifted into the air while playing "Our House," a reprise of what he did in the video for the song. AFP/Getty Images
Chas Smash and lead singer Graham Suggs McPherson of Madness perform. Getty Images
British artist George Michael performs at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Global artist George Michael performs. Getty Images
Athletes fill the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
British singer George Michael performs. AFP/Getty Images
Russell Brand performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Entertainer Russell Brand performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
British comedian Russell Brand, center, performs at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
The athletes of the competing nations enter the stadium. Getty Images
British comedian Russell Brand performs. AFP/Getty Images
British DJ and producer Fat Boy Slim performs. AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian artists perform during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Dancers take part inside the Olympic stadium. Getty Images
Fat Boy Slim, aka Norman Cook, during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
General view taken during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
British singer Jesse J inside the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Jessie J performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Brazilian artists perform during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Taio Cruz performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
A general view shows the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
British rap singer Tinie Tempah performs at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode over the stadium. Getty Images
Brian May of Queen performs alongside Jessie J. Getty Images
Fireworks explode over the stadium. Getty Images
Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
A performer stands on top of a giant cannon. Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
British comedian Eric Idle performs. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Eric Idle performs during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Dutch athletes parade during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Chachi Valencia, alias The Rocket Man, is propelled in the air at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
From left, Geri Haliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham and Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls reunite for the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls performs. Getty Images
Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm of The Spice Girls perform. Getty Images
The Spice Girls perform at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
A high-wire artist performs during a rendition of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here." Getty Images
Roger Daltrey of The Who performs during the finale of the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Girls perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
From left, Spice Girls Victoria Beckham, Gerie Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Actors ride scooters during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode over the stadium during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Ballerina Darcey Bussell performs with the Royal Ballet. Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell descends into the stadium on a phoenix. Getty Images
Athlete Mark Lewis-Francis of Great Britain films teammates. Getty Images
From left, British models Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Karen Elson, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and David Gandy perform at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Model Kate Moss performs during the British fashion portion of the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
British model Naomi Campbell, left, performs during the fashion segment of the ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Performers dance during the presentation by Rio de Janeiro, the next host city. Getty Images
Fireworks light up the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
An athlete waves a German flag during the athletes' parade at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian artists perform. Getty Images
Singer Marisa Monte performs as Rio de Janeiro, the next host city, makes its presentation. Getty Images
Artists perform at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
The road to Rio is celebrated during the closing ceremony. Getty Images
A general view of the stadium. Getty Images
Artists perform at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
A view looking down into London's Olympic stadium shows a rendition of the Union Jack on the stadium floor as the closing ceremony gets under way. Getty Images
A Mexican athlete wearing a wrestler's mask parades during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Athletes wave Irish flags at the Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
An athlete from Germany parades through the stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. Getty Images
Flagbearers carry the flags of the 204 countries that participated in the Olympics. AFP/Getty Images
The Olympic cauldron burns during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Flagbearers parade during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Athletes gather in the center of the stadium to form a giant, living rendition of the British Union Jack. Getty Images
A female athlete from Germany rides on the shoulders of a male teammate during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the closing ceremony. AFP/Getty Images
Athletes from the 30th Olympics enter Olympic stadium in London. AFP/Getty Images
Athletes form a living Union Jack on the floor of Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Spectators applaud the ceremony from high above the floor. Getty Images
A general view shows the vastness of the stadium. Getty Images
The sun sets over the Olympic Stadium few minutes before the start of the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. AFP/Getty Images
The Olympic Cauldron burns at the center of the stadium. Getty Images
The Olympic Cauldron burns during the closing ceremony. Look back at photos from the opening ceremony. Getty Images