Wednesday marks the beginning of the one-year countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Preparations for the 30 edition of the games are well and truly on track with 88 per cent of the venues and infrastructure already completed.
More than 30 venues throughout the UK will host events while iconic locations in the capital are also being prepared to play their part.
London will celebrate the year-to-go countdown with a ceremony in Trafalgar Square, where IOC chief Jacques Rogge will formally invite the world’s athletes to the games.
Exactly one year later London will become the first city to host the biggest sports show on the planet for a third time.