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LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II has declared the 2012 London Olympics open before tens of thousands of joyous fans.
As head of state, the 86-year-old British monarch has the honor of opening the games, which run through Aug. 12.
The queen was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. Earlier, she appeared in a spoof film clip with "James Bond" star Daniel Craig. The segment, a highlight of Friday night's opening ceremony, culminated with stunt doubles leaping from a helicopter and parachuting into the stadium.
Seven young athletes representing Britain's hopes for the future have lit the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London Games.
British Olympic hero Steve Redgrave carried the torch into the stadium - its final stop after a journey around the country. The five-time rowing gold medalist handed it off to the teenagers, who ignited copper "petals" on the ground.
The fire spread in a circle and the petals converged to form a large cauldron in the sky.