The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was a grand and regal affair. Among blinding lights and bright colours were seen excited faces. Here are a few images.
A top view of the Olympic stadium while artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games (Pic - AFP)
Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium (Pic - AFP)
Austria's flagbearer Markus Rogan holds the national flag as he leads the contingent during the Opening Ceremony (Pic - AFP)
Flames leap from the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony (Pic - AFP)
Great Britain's Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie poses with fans on Weymouth Beach, as the sailing venue celebrates the Opening Ceremony (Pic - AFP)
The Olympic Flame is lit during the opening ceremony (Pic - AFP)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge upon their arrival at the Olympic Stadium (Pic - AFP)