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PICS: Dazzling opening ceremony

Britain stages a spectacular welcome for the world. Take a look!

 

2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: The Olympic rings are assembled above the stadium in a scene depicting the Industrial Revolution during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Performers dance in a scene depicting the struggle between life and death during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: A performers depicts the cleaning of a chimney in the era known as the Industrial Revolution during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: An inflatable house representing a typical British house and family is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: An inflatable house representing a typical British house and family is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: An inflatable house representing a typical British house and family is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: A large Voldemort from the Harry Potter book series looms over performers during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Performers dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond parachute out of a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England.2012 Olympic Games – Opening CeremonyLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: The Olympic Stadium is illuminated during the opening ceremony of the 201… Read MoreLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: The Olympic Stadium is illuminated during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition.Read Less

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