0000: It's exactly midnight in the United Kingdom, as the Arctic Monkeys take centre stage with all the athletes safely inside the venue. They are currently crashing out 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'. That iconic Olympic flame moment is minutes away...
0007: And now here comes Lord Coe, the chairman of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee...
Lord Sebastian Coe:
"To everyone in every city in the world: Welcome to London. I have never been so proud to be British and to be part of the Olympic movement as I am on this day at this moment. The Olympic brings together the people of the world to celebrate what is best about mankind. There is a truth, drama, intensity to sport and London 2012 wants to inspire a generation."
Lord Sebastian Coe:
"To my fellow countrymen, I say thank you - thank you for making all this possible. In the next two weeks we will show all that has made London one of the greatest cities in the world. The only city to have welcomed the Games three times. Our history has prepared us for today. This is our time."
IOC chief Jacques Rogge:
"Thank you London for welcoming the world to this vibrant, cosmopolitan city once again. I want to thank the organising committee, led by the excellent Lord Coe, for their hard work. And to the volunteers who have been so generous with their time, their energy and their welcoming smiles."
0016: Yes it is, Piers. No question. By the way, Jacques Rogge is still talking. We've literally got seconds left until the Olympic flame is lit. Oh my word I don't think I've ever been this excited...
IOC President Jacques Rogge:
"I now have the honor of asking the Queen to open the Games."
Queen Elizabeth II:
"I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era."
0020: Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in 1993, is one of the people carrying the Olympic flag into the stadium, along with Ban Ki-Moon and Haile Gebrselassie. It's tear-jerker after tear-jerker tonight.
0021: My word, there's Muhammad Ali - and you will never hear a cheer as loud as the one he just got at the Olympic Stadium. I'm struggling here...
0025: We're listening to the Olympic Hymn now. Not a dry eye left in the house, I'll bet. Now we're going to see what's happened to the Olympic torch - we're with David Beckham on the River Thames again. Who's he going to pass to? It's Sir Steven Redgrave, Great Britain's five-time Olympic champion.
0026: Sir Steven Redgrave is carrying the torch into the Olympic Stadium. But is he going to light the flame?
0030: The torch, which has travelled 12,800 miles on its journey, appears in the Olympic Stadium to wild cheers, accompanied by the men and women who built the Olympic Park. Here is Sir Steven Redgrave, who won gold medals at five Olympics in a row from 1984 to 2000. I don't think I'll ever not have goosebumps again. Hang on, he's passed the torch on to a bunch of kids...!
0035: Sir Steven Redgrave will not light the Olympic cauldron at London 2012 - the honor has been passed on to seven promising young British sportspeople nominated by some of Britain's greatest Olympians. They have set fire to a ring around the cauldron causing a ring of fire...
0036: The ring of fire is hoisted up into the London night sky, coming together to form the Olympic flame. That is absolutely sensational - our cauldron has been lit in the most magical and memorable way imaginable. And now a stunning fireworks show starts at the Olympic Stadium.
0037: Summary: The Games of the XXX Olympiad is under way in London, England, after an Opening Ceremony none of us who watched it will ever forget.
0040: After something truly unexpected, now comes that most familiar of British sights - the peerless Sir Paul McCartney, sat next to a piano, bashing out some of our favourite tunes. Here comes 'Hey Jude'...
0043: One thing I neglected to mention was the people who read out the Olympic oath, one of whom was Sarah Stevenson, Britain's 2011 taekwondo world champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medallist who lost both her parents last year. A more fitting tribute there could not have been.
0050: For an island of only about 60 million people, there is an awful lot of pride around right now, Eleanor. I think the hopes and dreams of an awful lot of those people, myself included, came true tonight. I don't think we ever thought we would see it in our lifetime. What a wonderful feeling.
0056: I know it seems like I'm just posting pro-Opening Ceremony comments, but that's a fair reflection of the ones that are coming in. I'm sure not everyone loved it, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of positivity every now and again, is there?
9:02 London time: Ever had one of those dreams where, as soon as you wake up, you just have to write down every little surreal moment because you’ll ever experience a crazy, disbelieving patchwork sequence ever again? Well 60m Britons are waking up with similar thoughts after watching Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony to declare the XXX Olympiad in the enigmatic city of London officially open. Note to self: must stop eating cheese before bed...
0924: Here here RMT_1982, even the most ardent cynic in the UK (and believe me, there were plenty of those) couldn't suppress a smile watching Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's $42.5m epic. Who doesn't want to watch an 86-year-old monarch parachute out of a helicopter?
0951: We're under way in a variety of sports across the Olympic Park and other venues outside of London. In no particular order; handball, rowing, badminton, judo and archery. Just under 10 minutes until the men's cycling road race is under way on The Mall.