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The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick - design by Thomas Heatherwick studio www.heatherwick.com

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Licence to thrill! London welcomes the world with spectacular three-hour Olympic Opening Ceremony celebrating Great Britain

From his speedboat, David Beckham handed the torch to Sir Steve Redgrave, who in turn passed the glory moment to the next generation of athletes. Redgrave is a British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984-2000.

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London 2012 Olympics: July 27 - live picture blog

The Olympic cauldron looked really amazing!

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London 2012 Olympics: July 27 - live picture blog

A group of seven young athletes light the Olympic Cauldron.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick studio

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London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony - in pictures

The Olympic cauldron rises into position during the opening ceremony

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron - Petal - design by Thomas Heatherwick studio - after the games the cauldron will be dismantled and each competing country will take home one of the 204 petals. via http://www.dezeen.com

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Licence to thrill! London welcomes the world with spectacular three-hour Olympic Opening Ceremony celebrating Great Britain

On route: David Beckham's role became clear midway through as he delivered the flame via speedboat

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London 2012 Olympic torch route - map

London 2012 Olympic torch route

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And they're off! Thousands cheer as Olympic flame leaves Land's End and begins 8,000-mile relay across Britain for London 2012

It's arrived: David Beckham looks pleased as he carries the Olympic torch at RNAS Culdrose this evening 18 May 2012

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Licence to thrill! London welcomes the world with spectacular three-hour Olympic Opening Ceremony celebrating Great Britain

On route: David Beckham's role became clear midway through as he delivered the flame via speedboat

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And they're off! Thousands cheer as Olympic flame leaves Land's End and begins 8,000-mile relay across Britain for London 2012

It worked! Beckham lights the cauldron at the airbase after escorting the Torch from Athens. It will begin its 70 day trip tomorrow

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London 2012 Opening Ceremony

A speedboat carrying footballer David Beckham and the Olympic Torch races under Tower Bridge during Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Games in London.

Even before the Games start, there are losers. Although Paris was a frontrunner to win the Olympics from the beginning, last minute lobbying from Tony Blair clinched it for London. Paris lost the Games by four votes.

Becks Bond? - David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch with its torchbearer.