Photos: Remembering London Olympic opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony
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Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the London Olympics, best known for the feats of Michael PhelpsUsain BoltMo Farah and others, but the Games got off to a rousing opening at Olympic Stadium.

Here’s a look back in pictures at July 27, 2012 (all images via Reuters, Getty Images):

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Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins got the proceedings going by ringing the world’s largest harmonically tuned bell.

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Mr. Bean, also known as Rowan Atkinson, had one of the funnier performances of the night, doing a spoof of “Chariots of Fire” and leading this orchestra.

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David Beckham didn’t compete in the Olympics, but he played a role driving this speedboat down the river Thames.

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Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis led the U.S. delegation in the parade of nations.

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Track cyclist Chris Hoy had the honor of carrying the British flag as the host nation entered the stadium last.

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London Games chief and two-time Olympic champion Seb Coe said, “In the next two weeks we will show all that has made London one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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The Queen made a spectacular royal entrance after an unforgettable scene of her with James Bond — and her corgis.

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The Queen then officially opened the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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The Games’ motto was to inspire a generation, so it was only fitting that seven youths combined to light the Olympic cauldron.

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The cauldron would move from the center of Olympic Stadium off to one side of the track during the Games.

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Paul McCartney capped the night by performing “The End” and “Hey Jude.”

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