Young athletes light #London2012 Olympic cauldron

Agence France-Presse
Queen Elizabeth II declares the games open during a colorful ceremony that celebrates British history, culture and eccentricity

OLYMPIC CAULDRON. Athletes gather around the Olympic flame at the end of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. AFP Photo / John MacDougall

LONDON, United Kingdom – The Olympic cauldron was lit by 7 young British athletes early Saturday to mark the start of the 30th Olympic Games.

Queen Elizabeth II had opened the Games, which will feature over 10,000 athletes from 205 countries and run until August 12, during a colorful opening ceremony which celebrated British history, culture and eccentricity.

“I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era,” said the monarch. – Agence France-Presse