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 of people turned out to watch the torch heat up the capital.

Famous faces mingled with the crowds, and the electric atmosphere gave a taste of what lies in store for Friday's opening ceremony.

The young royals beamed as torchbearer Wai-Ming handed over the honour to John Hulse, a mountain rescue team leader, at Buckingham Palace.

Wai-Ming, from Map Action, which provides assistance in areas hit by natural disasters, was nominated by Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, William, the patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, nominated John 

Three million people lined the streets of the capital to get the party started 

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley also cheered on the flame 

In Hyde Park revellers were entertained by the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Eliza Doolittle 

Their mood was reflected by the sunny weather


Classical saxophonist Tyler Rix lit the cauldron at the concert 

In a rousing speech, Mayor Boris Johnson said: "As excitement builds to a crescendo ahead of what promises to be a glorious Opening Ceremony, London is poised and ready for a fantastic Games"