London 2012

All the latest news, photos and more from the spectacular 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hosted in London

'I'm doing this for dad – it was his dream,' says Olympic diving hopeful Tom Daley

When Tom Daley steps up to the diving board at the London 2012 Olympics, there will be a very special inspiration spurring him on to gold. The 18-year-old will be thinking of his beloved father Rob, who...

'Of course I'm disappointed, but life goes on': David breaks silence over Olympics place

David Beckham has broken his silence about missing out on a place on the Olympic football squad. The football ace said he was sad not to join his friend Ryan Giggs on the 24-man squad, but acknowledged...

Olympic royal rider Zara: 'I'm excited, honoured and nervous'

Olympic royal rider Zara Philips is starting to feel the heat of the impending 2012 games. The 31-year-old will fly the flag for Britain in eventing – an equestrian extravaganza that combines show...

Royal seal of approval for the Olympic torch

The spirit of the Olympics came to Windsor Castle on Tuesday as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the torch to their home. In just 17 days, the Diamond monarch will officially open the Games...

Fish and chips before the 'pub'? A look at London 2012's Olympic Village

On July 16, the Athletes Village in Stratford, East London will open for business. It will be a home-from-home for around 17,000 Olympic athletes, 6,000 paralympians and officials from 203 nations...

Lewis Hamilton in pole position as he starts Olympic torch relay

Proudly holding the Olympic flame aloft, Lewis Hamilton began day 52 of the Olympic torch relay. The 27-year-old racing driver looked thrilled as set off from St George's Square in Luton on Monday morning. "I...

Muse revisit iconic Olympic footage in video for Games' official song 'Survival'

The video for the official Olympic song, penned by Muse, features some of the glorious moments lived by Olympians past and present. Footage is shown of champion athletes, including British cyclist Chris...

Earl Spencer happier than ever ahead of the birth of his seventh child

Earl Spencer, the uncle of Princes William and Harry, proudly shows off his heavily pregnant wife as the Olympic torch makes a pit stop at his Northamptonshire estate. The baby, their first together,...

James Corden leads celebrity support for Becks after 'disappointing' Olympic snub

He helped bring the Games back to Britain, and is one of his sport's greatest ambassadors. So it’s hardly surprising that there have been raised eyebrows following David Beckham's surprise...

Unique moments on torch's Olympic journey

Before it takes centre stage during a spectacular Olympic ceremony masterminded by director Danny Boyle the flame will have been carried by 8,000 people. It was brought from Athens, the last city to...

Becks' Britain: David lists top ten tourist destinations

To inspire tourists heading to Britain for this summer’s Games, Olympic ambassador David Beckham has drawn up a list of his top ten destinations. The hotspots listed by the LA-based football...

'I hope I'm luckier than mum': says Zara at Olympic team unveiling

As she prepares for the event of her life, it's only natural Zara Philips will be looking to her parents – both Olympic equestrian competitors – for inspiration. Princess Anne was part of...

High-fiving Beatrice gives Olympic flame the royal touch

With just over a month to go until the Games descend on London, Princess Beatrice was joined by cheering crowds as she welcomed the Olympic torch in Leeds. The young royal carried the flame into the...

The pain and the glory: Great Olympic moments

Ever since the inception of the modern Games in 1896, athletes have strived to prove they're the best in their discipline, no matter what the consequences. And as well as showcasing some of the greatest...

Brad and Angelina hope to secure double date with William and Kate

Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to party alongside the real thing. The couple are apparently hard at work planning a star-studded Olympic Games themed soiree to be held at London's...

Royal preview of 'green and pleasant' land created for Olympics

A 'green and pleasant' land, complete with a menagerie of 70 sheep and three cows will be created inside the Olympic stadium for the London 2012 opening ceremony. This is the vision of filmmaker Danny...

Zara follows in her parents' footsteps as she is selected for Team GB

It's an honour that's been bestowed on both her mother and father. Zara Phillips will represent her country at the Olympic Games this summer after being selected for the British eventing team. She has...



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