German President arrives at Buckingham Palace reception

Germany's President Joachim Gauck has arrived at Buckingham Palace where The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are hosting and Olympics reception for around 100 heads of state and heads of government.

German President Joachim Gauck and partner Daniela Schadt arrive at Buckingham Palace

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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.