The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday as it begins a tour of the English capital for the week leading up to the opening ceremony.
All eyes were turned towards the sky as the flame arrived in spectacular fashion in a Royal Navy helicopter.
A commando then brought the precious cargo down to earth.
It will spend the night safely tucked up with the Queens ceremonial jewels in the Tower of London on the north bank of the River Thames.
After winding its way around Britain and visiting the Republic of Ireland the torch now embarks on a week-long leg 200-miles journey through the capital passing by the majority of its landmarks.
It will be carried by 982 Torchbearers, the first of whom was British double Olympic champion from 2004 Dame Kelly Holmes.