By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter
After seven years and 21 days of expectation, the moment for Britain to deliver Olympics that “lifts up our world” will finally arrive on Friday.
Olympics that “lifts up our world” will finally arrive on Friday.
At 9pm a global television audience of up to a billion will unite to watch the Queen open the 30th modern Olympiad in London during a spectacular three-and-a-half hour ceremony.
The Duke of Cambridge hailed the arrival of the Games as an “epic time” and a “great moment for our nation”, while David Cameron promised a “friendly Games” whose spirit would “shine out” from the capital.
On Thursday the Olympic flame, lit in Greece on May 10, will finally complete its 8,000-mile round-Britain relay by sailing down the Thames on board the royal rowbarge Gloriana, the star of the Diamond Jubilee river pageant, before arriving at the Olympic stadium in Stratford, east London.
There it will be used to light the Olympic cauldron that will burn until the end of the Games on Aug 12, though the identity of the person who will be given the final honour is just one of the many secrets that Danny Boyle, the opening ceremony’s director, has managed to keep up his sleeve.
Visiting the Olympic Park, David Cameron said: “Seven years of waiting, planning, building and dreaming are almost over.