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The Olympic Flame Arrives in London

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Today marks the end of the 70-day Olympic Torch relay through the United Kingdom, leading to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Since arriving in Cornwall on May 18, the flame has been carried through villages and cities, across lakes and mountain ranges, on foot, by train, on horseback, and through the air, from Cornwall to central London. The torch has passed through the hands of more than 8,000 torchbearers on its 8,000 mile (12,800 km) journey. Be sure to also see first half of the journey. And stay tuned: as the Opening Ceremony takes place tonight, I'll be gathering photographs, which I will post tomorrow morning, Saturday, July 28. [31 photos]

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Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod on the Torch Relay leg through London, on July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Lewis Whyld)
Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod on the Torch Relay leg through London, on July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Lewis Whyld)
Torchbearer 001 Michael Liptrot holds the Olympic Flame in Kendal Castle on Day 35 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. (AP Photo/Yui Mok/LOCOG) #
Aaron Bell lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame at the historic estate of Temple Newsam in Leeds at the end of Day 37 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. (AP Photo/Joe Giddens/LOCOG) #
Alan Ellinson holds the Torch before he abseils down the side of the Royal Dock Tower in Grimsby on June 27, 2012 in Grimsby, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Starr Halley holds the Olympic Flame on Skegness Beach during Day 40 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in Skegness, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Glenn Chambers carries the Olympic Flame between Edwinstowe and Mansfield, during a heavy downpour, on Day 41 of the Torch Relay. (AP Photo/Chris Radburn/LOCOG) #
A young girl squeezes between an honor guard of soldiers to get a glimpse of Johnson Beharry VC carrying the Olympic torch at the National War Memorial on Armed Forces Day on June 30, 2012 in Alrewas, Staffordshire. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #
Johnson Beharry VC carries the Olympic torch on National Armed Forces Day at the National War Memorial on June 30, 2012 in Alrewas, Staffordshire. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #
Torchbearer 071 Lauren Reeder holds the Olympic Flame surrounded by local children on the running track at Lynnsport and Leisure Park, on July 4, 2012 in King's Lynn, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Richard Game passes the Olympic Flame to Caroline Emeny in front of the beach huts at Southwold during Day 48 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 5, 2012 in Southwold, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Edward Roberts carries the Olympic Flame on a punt on the River Cam on the Torch Relay leg through Cambridge on July 8, 2012 in Cambridge, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Torchbearer 024 Zachary Franklin carries the Olympic Flame on a raft down the Lee Valley Whitewater Center, north of London, on July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Birchall/LOCOG) #
Crowds gather around the "Long Walk" at Windsor Castle, as an Olympic Torch bearer runs with the torch west of London, on July 10, 2012. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) #
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip view the Olympic Flame at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons) #
Sir Roger Bannister holds the Olympic Flame on the running track at Iffley Road Stadium in Oxford, England, on July 10, 2012. Bannister was the first person ever to run a sub-four-minute-mile, on May 6, 1954, at this track in Oxford. Bannister returned to the site of his greatest sporting achievement, to participate in this Olympic Torch relay. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
Torchbearer Charlotte James carries the Olympic Flame on the leg through Basingstoke on July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller/LOCOG) #
Schoolgirls from Leadenhall School hold the torch of Olympic gold medalist former sprinter Torchbearer 001 Michael Johnson at Salisbury Cathedral on July 12, 2012 in Salisbury, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Olympic gold medalist former sprinter Michael Johnson holds the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge at the beginning of Day 55 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Alan Surtees carries the Olympic Flame up Gold Hill on day 55 of the Torch Relay, in Shaftesbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Torchbearer 045 Lisa Devine holds the Olympic Flame in front of Durdle Door, on July 13, 2012 in Dorset, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Kathy Gore runs with the Olympic Flame at Seaford Head, with a view of the Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex during day 60 leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in Seaford, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
British Artist Tracey Emin holds the Olympic Flame inside the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate alongside "The Kiss" sculpture by Rodin, on July 19, 2012 in Margate, England. (LOCOG via Getty Images) #
Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos struggles into harbor past the white cliffs of Dover as bad weather prevented the Olympic torch handover between the tall ship and an RNLI lifeboat, which had to be completed in the harbor at Dover in southeast England, on July 18, 2012. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) #
Royal Marine Martyn Williams carries the London 2012 Olympic torch as he abseils from a helicopter above the Tower of London, on July 20, 2012. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett) #
Torchbearer Paul Stanley-McKenzie carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through the London Borough Waltham Forest, on July 21, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Ben Birchall) #
Former English basketball player, John Amaechi, and former Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, pose for a photograph with the Olympic Flame on the roof of the North Greenwich Arena, on July 21, 2012. (Reuters/LOCOG) #
Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan carries the Olympic Flame in London on July 26, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
A torchbearer passes the Olympic Flame to another in front of Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on the Torch Relay leg through Westminster, on July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Gareth Fuller) #
Paralympian Ade Adepitan waves to crowds below as he carries the Olympic Flame across the Millennium Bridge in front of St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, on July 26, 2012. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) #
"The Wanted" perform at the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Finale Concert in London's Hyde Park, on July 26, 2012. (Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images) #
The last Olympic torchbearer Tyler Rix, from London, lights the flame on stage at the Olympic Torch Relay Concert in Hyde Park, before he gave a rousing speech, in central London, on July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) #

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