The Queen declared the London Olympics officially open, before seven young athletes were given the honour of lighting the ceremonial flame. That's right, seven young athletes lit the cauldron, a secret that was kept right up to the moment.
The spectacular ceremony featured British celebrities and sports people, including David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, and screen characters Mr Bean and James Bond. More..
If you have missed the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, no worries as there are lots of pictures online.
BBC is a great source for the Opening Ceremony pictures.
And from Time magazine..