London 2012

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

Smiles and sunshine as young Windsors support cousin Zara

Playing down the presence of the royals at her Olympics events, Zara Phillips said: "It's normal for an athlete's family to turn up." However, when that family includes the future King and...

Princess Mary gets behind her adopted homeland

She's Danish by marriage and Australian by birth – so Princess Mary has to share out her loyalties at the 2012 Olympics. Accompanied by husband Frederik, Mary cheered on her adopted...

Kate to watch Zara Phillips after her 'amazing' Olympic debut

Her mother and grandfather were in the stands to see an emotional Zara Phillips fulfill her longheld dream of competing in the Olympics. Princess Anne and Prince Philip watched with delight...

Queen turns Bond girl in Olympic ceremony's best kept secret

The Queen made her acting debut, leaving no one in any doubt that she has a finely attuned sense of humour. Her family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the rest of the audience...

Danny Boyle's 'brilliantly bonkers' extravaganza does Britain proud

From the animated history lesson taking in the Industrial Revolution and the suffragette movement to the inclusion of icons such as Bond and Mr Bean, Danny Boyle's mad 'mash up' of British...

Patriotic fervour ahead of Danny Boyle spectacular

The stream of spectators arriving for Danny Boyle's highly anticipated 'Isle of Wonders' ceremony for the Olympic Games made it clear where their loyalties lay. Team GB appears to be made up not...

Excitement as Queen's VIP guests head to Olympic ceremony

Welcoming presidents, prime ministers, kings and queens to London, Elizabeth II told her illustrious audience that like her great-grandfather and father before her she would "take pleasure...

Michelle Obama high fives and hugs her way into London

Bringing her customary enthusiasm to the Olympics, Michelle Obama high fived and hugged her way into London. Her pep talk to American athletes included the advice: "Try to have fun. Try to breathe...

Belgian royals blend in on a summer trip to London

With Olympic fever sweeping through the world, nobody wants to miss the Games. Prince Philippe of Belgium and his wife Mathilde are no exception. Looking slightly more polished than your average...

Olympians Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins make an oar-some pair

If all goes to plan at Eton Dorney, the Olympic venue for rowing, Katherine Grainger and her sculling partner Anna Watkins should be clutching Britain's first Olympic gold medal in women's rowing. Katherine,...

Kate and William's front row seat to £27 million super production

Preparations for the Olympic opening ceremony read like a script for a Hollywood blockbuster – a top director playing with a £27 million pound budget for a production that will dazzle a global...

BMX world champion Shanaze Reade's highs and lows

Three-time BMX world champion Shanaze Reade, who was raised in Crewe by her single mother and her grandparents, started riding at the age of ten. After buying her first BMX bike for £1, she fell...

Britain's finest give the torch a scorching welcome to London

After an epic journey spanning 69 days and involving thousands of inspirational people, the Olympic flame has finally arrived home. On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge led the party as thousands...

Golden girl Rebecca Adlington is hoping for another stroke of success

Rebecca Adlington became the golden girl of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning the 400m and 800m freestyle and famously bagging herself a gold pair of Jimmy Choos from the mayor of her home town, Mansfield,...

London 2012: How the athletes will dress to impress

Almost as much interest as the contents of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony are the outfits that the athletes from around the world will wear. Leading the style field expect to see the Americans in Ralph...

London 2012: Welshman Dai Greene hopes to be jumping for joy

The world and Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is a happy man. “From an athlete’s point of view, the biggest thing you can do is the Olympics,” the athlete tells HELLO!....

Ben Ainslie: Britain's most successful sailor on why he hasn't settled down

He is Britain's most successful Olympic sailor ever, with three Olympic golds and one silver already to his name, and 35-year-old Ben Ainslie is determined to add more to his clutch. "The desire...



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