Queen visits Olympic village

The Queen has opened the Games after an actor dressed as Her Majesty parachuted into the stadium. Seven British Olympic hopefuls carried the Torch around the stadium and lit copper petals representing the 204 competing nations to form a cauldron.

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Sir Steve Redgrave 'disappointed' over Olympic flame

Sir Steve Redgrave has admitted he was "a little disappointed" that he was not picked to light the flame at the Olympics opening ceremony. Writing in today's Sunday Telegraph, the Olympic rowing legend said being the last Olympian to carry the torch was a great honour.

Sir Steve Redgrave hands the torch to young torch bearers during opening ceremony. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

But he said: "Of course looking back I must admit that when I was told it would not be me lighting the flame at the Opening Ceremony, I was a little disappointed.

"As an extremely competitive individual with an ego, there is a part of me that would love to have lit the flame."

Police clamp down on Games touts

Police have arrested 16 people in the last two days in a crackdown on ticket touting. Five were held yesterday just hours before the opening ceremony. Two people were also arrested yesterday in relation to the alleged theft of two Olympic Lane passes.

My team has been working tirelessly to clamp down on ticket touts. We have been, and will continue to seek out and take robust action against anybody who tries to cash in on the 2012 Games in this way.Ticket touting is illegal and is a clear exploitation of those who genuinely wish to experience the Games first-hand. I would also urge people to think twice about purchasing tickets from these criminals: if you do, you are likely to find yourself paying over the odds for them, while at the same time fuelling criminality.

– Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, Met Police


Tom Jones tweets apology for missing 2012 concert

Sir Tom Jones has apologised to fans after pulling out of a huge concert in London's Hyde Park which is part of the Olympic celebrations. He was due to perform tonight but was struck down by illness.

Tom Jones Credit: Press Association

He wrote on Twitter: "Sadly I have contracted a chest infection w/bronchitis & due to doctors orders I've had 2 cancel tomorrows and Sundays show. Sorry to all x. Thanks for all the lovely messages, I don't know if everyones understanding and support is making me feel better or worse!"

Will Young Credit: Press Association

He has been replaced as the headline act by Will Young, who Tweeted: "Singing out the blue in Hyde park tonight! Filling in for Tom jones who I hope is ok. Come along. It's FREE and I'm going to wear gym gear!"


Young athletes reflect on honour of lighting Olympic Cauldron

The young athletes chosen to help light the Olympic Cauldron at the climax of last night's opening ceremony have spoken about the honour of being nominated to carry out the important task.

The Olympic flame lit during the Opening Ceremony Credit: Press Association

Katie Kirk from Holywood in County Down, Northern Ireland, was nominated by Dame Mary Peters, who won gold in the women's pentathlon at the 1972 Munich Games.

The 18-year-old said: "It was really exciting. The atmosphere was brilliant. It was just such an honour to be chosen to do it. I didn't understand just what an honour it was until now. I'm so honoured that Mary chose me."

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