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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.

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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."

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