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Olympics: Spectacular Closes London 2012
A host of stars have helped to bring down the curtain on the London Games at the Olympic Stadium.
The flame was extinguished after a three-hour finale that saw The Who, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Madness, Muse, Take That, and many more take to the stage.
A giant projection of Queen front man Freddie Mercury led the audience in a short singalong before the band's guitarist, Brian May, and Jessie J performed a duet of We Will Rock You.
And pop supremo George Michael performed for the first time since his life-threatening battle with pneumonia.
Other celebrities who appeared included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and comedian Russell Brand.
Brand appeared on top of a psychedelic bus, singing through a megaphone.
Later, five black cabs escorted the Spice Girls to centre stage at the Olympic Stadium, where they played a medley of their hits.
There were also several musical tributes to the Beatles throughout the ceremony.
As the performances got under way, huge cheers greeted British sailor Ben Ainslie as he carried the Union flag into the stadium.
Following the flag-bearers, thousands of athletes walked through the spectators, medals round their necks, high-fiving fans and waving to the cameras.
The audience, which included Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, was first treated to a vision of working London wrapped in newspaper during the busy rush hour.
As well as typically rainy weather forecasts and stocks and shares, the reams of print celebrated British literary greats from the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry to current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, with extracts from Shakespeare and Milton along the way.
A series of ramps - covering the track where Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis made history - formed a black and white Union Jack, the first of many versions of the flag to feature in the extravaganza.
Singer Emeli Sande, who performed in the opening ceremony, appeared on a truck to delight the crowds with hit song Read All About It.
Percussion group Stomp emerged to swing from the scaffolding, creating music on models of the capital's landmarks including Big Ben and the London Eye.
The handover from London 2012 to the Rio 2016 team took place after the music performances, with London Mayor Boris Johnson passing the Olympic flag to Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes.
Several Brazilian stars then took part in a short performance, including footballing icon Pele.
London Games chairman Lord Coe paid tribute to the volunteers, security staff, soldiers, athletes, and others who helped make the event a success.
"On this last day I can conclude with these words: 'When our time came, Britain we did it right. Thank you.'"
Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, delivered his final verdict on the Games, calling them "happy and glorious".
In Hyde Park, Britpop band Blur hailed Britain's success at the 2012 London Olympic Games as they performed to tens of thousands in a performance to coincide with the closing ceremony.
Earlier in the day, Britain's athletes completed their most successful Olympics for 108 years with a silver medal in the final event of London 2012.
Samantha Murray took second place in the modern pentathlon bringing Team GB's final tally to 65, with an incredible 29 golds, 17 silver and 19 bronze, and the team in third place in the medal table.
Before the ceremony even kicked off, the Queen congratulated the athletes of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, saying their efforts had "captured the public's imagination and earned their admiration".
:: See the final Olympics medal table
And US President Barack Obama telephoned David Cameron to "congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic Games", the White House said.
Mr Cameron earlier declared London 2012 a resounding success. "You only need two words to sum up these Games: Britain delivered."
what do you think?
I'm sure I heard prince Harry introduced as prince Henry of Wales at the start of the proceedings.
You did that's his real name apparently
Probably did, a lot of these rent-a-gobs are useless.
Far as i know it's Harry Wales NOT Harry of Wales.
His title is prince Henry of Wales known as Harry and his surname is Windsor not wales
Prince Henry Charles Albert David of wales
Henry Charles Albert David of wales is prince Harry's real name
His official title is Henry of Wales
Chris is right, this from the Englishmonarchs website - "Prince Henry of Wales, the second son of Charles Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer" And from wikipedia - "Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984), commonly known as Prince Harry" So, it seems the rent-a-gobs are not so useless lorgar.
That is his name.
Decided to watch the closing ceremony just to make sure it was over. Suffered the first 30 mins on the basis that it must get better, it didn't and I finally gave up at 10-15 thoroughly underwhelmed. Or is it just grumpy cynical old me ??
It's just you! Again! Lol
Just grumpy cynical you, I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
there is a god! it is over at last! now to get selling and work on cut backs David. as for a thrill i think not! pure waste of money when it could have been used in better places like the armed forces!!!!
Is it just me or was the sight of Boris johnson dancing to the spice girls just so so so wrong o.o
I have been watching it and must say I have been bored stiff. Highlights for me were seeing Russell Brand singing "I Am The Walrus" a song influenced by drugs and also Jessie J nearly falling out of the car.
Where was Genesis and Phil Collins :-(
I thought it was amazing, so proud to be british
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My whole family enjoyed the show, fantastic bit of entertainment.
An amazing end to the olympics couldn't fault it in anyway. Can't wait to see what Rio comes up with.
Andy Cam You hearf him being introduced as Henry Prince of Wales. His name is Henry he is just called Harry by family and friends
To quote from Wikipedia "Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984), commonly known as Prince Harry, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, and fourth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh." So the announcer was correct calling him Prince HENRY.
But nobody thanked the torchbearers - of which my son was one. They are the ones who got the games started.
just BRILLIANT .... the who , british legends !
The Who? I must have missed them. Kaiser Cheifs yes though.
I was expecting it to be good.
Good, glad its over!!!! All that disruption and money spent just for a couple of weeks of sport. All that scare-mongering too, "stay out of London because the traffic will be a nightmare - Companies need to arrange night time deliveries etc, what a load of $%%^&!!!! London was dead through-out. Why cant the olympics stay where it belongs, in Athens. All participating countries contribute to the cost.
Sorry but I didn't see the who it was kaiser chiefs and sure take that weren't there either
Loved it, in fact the whole of the games - didn't think I would, but I did!