Britain's first gold medalist in the 1st Paralympic Games at Rome in 1960 lit the Olympic Cauldron. She was passed the flame by Royal Marine Commando Joe Townsend, who lost both of his legs in an explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan, who descended into the stadium on a zip wire.
The Queen opened the London 2012 Paralympic Games in a spectacular ceremony.
The London Paralympics 2012 Opening Ceremony is underway at the Olympic Park.
David Beckham has sent a message to British troops in Afghanistan, asking them to show their support for ParalympicsGB.