Prince Harry made fun of Jeremy Hunt's bell mishap as they celebrated Britain's next generation of sports stars. The Culture Secretary 'dropped a clanger' when he narrowly avoided injuring spectators after a bell he was ringing to mark the start of the London Olympics went flying in to the crowd.
The Prince joked with Mr Hunt about the incident as they were introduced to talented youngsters who achieved success in the inaugural School Games.
Nearly 2,000 schoolchildren had the chance to compete in four main Olympic venues, before the start of the Games.
Harry, who is president of the School Games, met a group of the winning athletes at a reception at Clarence House, in central London, and urged the promising youngsters to aim for success at the next Olympics in Brazil.
Harry said, "I urge you to pick up the torch - or, in Jeremy's case, the bell - and I expect to see your faces again when you stand on the podium at Rio and beyond."
Sir Chris Hoy rode to glory as he took an historic fifth Olympic title on a golden day for Britain.
Despite having no passport and no country, a marathon runner who fled to avoid a Sudanese child labour camp will run at the Olympics.
Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton will try and keep up the cycling winning streak, with Rebecca Adlington defending her 800m Beijing title