The preparations made for the London Olympics were hailed by James Bevan, the British High Commissioner to India. He also added that the event gave them an opportunity to show that they are proud of their past and confident about a bright future.
Speaking to mediapersons here recently, Bevan said that Britain had spent seven years to prepare for the event.
Advertisement"The Olympics are coming to London. We in Britain have spent seven years preparing for this moment. Our aim is to give the world the best ever Olympics. This is the opportunity for Britain to welcome the world to our country. It's an opportunity to show the world that Britain is proud of its past and confident of its future," Bevan said.
Earlier on Friday, Britain's Queen Elizabeth declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport.
The opening show, costing an estimated 27 million pounds, was inspired by William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest", his late-life meditation on age and mortality.
The ceremony provided a spectacular and often surreal sweep through three centuries of British achievement in science, social reform and the arts, each generation inspired by and building on the achievements of the last.
A film clip showed doubles of her and Bond skydiving towards the stadium and, moments later, she made her entrance in person.
More than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete in 26 sports over 17 days of competition in the only city to have staged the modern Games three times.