Photos: Olympic flame arrives in London

 

After years of preparation and months of buildup, London's Olympic moment finally arrived Friday night.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012.</div>
 

A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012.

Photograph by: Charlie Riedel, The Associated Press

 
<div id="page1">A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012.</div>
British Royal Marine Martyn Williams, 23, with a lantern with the Olympic flame strapped to his body, abseils from a Sea King helicopter, by the riverside at the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012. Williams was wounded in a road mine attack during a deployment in Afghanistan in 2008 and since fully recovered.
LOCOG handout photo shows Dame Kelly Holmes carrying the Olympic Flame in the grounds of the Tower of London Friday, July 20, 2012 during Day 63 of the Torch Relay.
A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012.
A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012.
A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012.
A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012.
British Royal Marine Martyn Williams, 23, with a lantern with the Olympic flame strapped to his body, abseils from a Sea King helicopter, by the riverside at the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012. Williams was wounded in a road mine attack during a deployment in Afghanistan in 2008 and since fully recovered.
A British Royal Marine Sea King helicopter carrying the Olympic flame flies past the Tower Bridge in London, as it arrives to the Tower of London, Friday, July 20, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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