The Olympic Torch will touchdown on British soil tonight as it begins its final journey to the Olympic Stadium in London.
The flame was met in Athens by a group of London 2012 dignitaries including Lord Coe, David Beckham and the Princess Royal as well as London Mayor Boris Johnson. It will fly over on a specially chartered flight BA 2012 and will land at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall at 7.30pm.
The Torch will begin its 70-day relay across the UK on Saturday starting at Lands End. The route will take it within 10 miles of 95% of the population before arriving at the Olympic Park for the Opening Ceremony on July 27th.
More than 8,000 Torch Bearers will carry the flame between 6am and 7pm everyday to 1,000 separate places over 8,000 miles. The torch bearers include some who have fought serious illness, people who have excelled in their community, as well as Dinah Gould, a sprightly 99 year old who will be 100 by the time she carries the flame.
The Torch has gone through extensive testing to ensure it is ready for the British summer weather.
Three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie is the first of the torchbearers to carry the torch.
London 2012 are remaining tight-lipped about who will light the cauldron at the July 27 opening ceremony.
Chinese gymnast Li Ning, who lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Games, and Greek weightlifter Pyrros Dimas, were the last torchbearers in Greece.
There is huge symbolism, like so much of the planning behind the Olympic ceremonies, behind their choice to bring the flame to the handover ceremony.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee said:
The Torch, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, has been likened to a cheese-grater but each aspect has been carefully crafted for the London 2012 Games.
The Torch has 8,000 holes, representing the 8,000 Torch Bearers and the 8,000 miles the Torch will travel.
It has three sides because this is the third time London has hosted the Games. The sides also represent the Olympic values; excellence, friendship, respect and the Olympic motto; faster, higher, stronger. As well as the themes for these Games - sport, education, culture.