Olympics: ‘greatest show on earth’

2012-07-27 11:04

London – Prime Minister David Cameron said today that Britain was ready to welcome “the greatest show on earth” as the London 2012 Olympics kicks off tonight.

“I think there is a huge sense of excitement and anticipation because Britain is ready to welcome the greatest show on earth,” Cameron told reporters.

“It’s going to be an incredible few weeks for our country.” The Olympics presented a “great moment” for Britain, he added: “We must seize it.”

In addition to the 10 500 athletes, plus officials and tens of thousands of spectators, the British hosts are expecting a number of celebrities and top-level representatives from some 130 countries around the world for the ceremony.

The VIPs are due to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II before making their way to the Olympic Stadium in east London for the opening ceremony at 9pm. 

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