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As the Olympic flame lighting ceremony gets underway, the Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has said the torch relay is a great precursor to the Games:
Sebastian Coe will speak at the Torch lighting ceremony today and is expected to say:
The Olympic Torch will be lit in a ceremony later today by a 'high priestess' who captures the morning sun's rays in a parabolic mirror.
The Torch will arrive in the UK on 18th May for it's relay around the country. It will be carried by 7,300 Torch Bearer's.
The Olympic Flame is lit by an actress dressed as the High Priestess, during a rehearsal for today's ceremony at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games took place.
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The Olympic flame for the London 2012 Games was lit in the ancient city of Olympia, Greece today.