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London makes way for the superhumans in a dazzling opening ceremony that features the London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, Stephen Hawking, colourful umbrellas and much, much more!
Colourful suits, colourful umbrellas as the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony takes off!
A throng of colourful dancers light up the East London night.
Performing a central role in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Stephen Hawking addresses the estimated 80,000 people at the stadium in Stratford, London.
Newton's Apple, one of the recurring themes of the opening ceremony takes pride of place in the dazzling event.
The apple makes its way around the stadium in Stratford for the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
One of the other recurring themes of the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, umbrellas, congregate in the middle of the stadium.
Neon-flecked performers bring a dazzling hue to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony.
Sir Philip Craven MBE, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, look on during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium
Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium
Left over from the downpour earlier in the day? Possibly, but also a dazzling talking point of the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony.
Two of the ceremony's guests of honour have a chat as the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony begins.
One of the performers looks on as the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony unfolds around her.
The Union Jack gets passed to the flag pole ahead of the national anthem.
As the Union Jack is raised, the rousing Britten arrangement of God Save The Queen is piped around the stadium. Stirring stuff.
The multi-coloured umbrellas take an aerial trip around the Stratford stadium.
When they look this good, why not have a few more?
An interesting formation takes shape as some of the performers bring the opening ceremony to life in Stratford, London.
A familiar scene over the past few days, the Olympic Flame - shaped as individual petals - await their lighting at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Ceremony.
The clash of dazzling colours sums up the glorious evening at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
No stranger to fireworks over the past few weeks, more light up the night sky during the 2012 Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
In possibly the most colourful outfits of all the teams, the Mexian Paralympic team bring the party!
The response didn't get more rapturous than this! The home team arrive to huge support.
The enormous US team are lead out to a huge roar.
Soprano Denise Leigh welcomes the athletes to the opening ceremony with the Paralympic Games anthem.
Soprano Denise Leigh and actor Deepa Shastri perform during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium
The South African star of both Olympic games and Paralympic Games leads out his team.
The games are almost ready to get underway.
Lord Coe, now very used to speaking to huge global audiences, addresses the stadium and the world during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II officially declares the Paralympics open
A performer hangs from a trapeze during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Or is it an upturned umbrella? The opening ceremony takes to the seas!
Paralympian Margaret Maughan carries the flame during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012.
A large scale reproduction of Marc Quinn's celebrated sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant emerges during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics.
The Paralympic Games are officially underway!
Well, it does seem customary...
Fireworks end the arrival of the different Paralympic teams.