Closing ceremony: Grand finale to end Olympic Games

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LONDON. August 13. KAZINFORM The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics has started with a performance charting a journey through a day in the life of the capital city.

After 16 days of competition, the show, said to be a celebration of British people, music and culture, kicked off at 21:00 BST at the Olympic Stadium.

More than 4,100 performers are taking part in A Symphony of British Music.

The climax of the ceremony will see the Olympic flame being extinguished and the baton passed to Rio de Janeiro.
The finale is set to feature the best of British music, including artists such as George Michael, the Spice Girls and rapper Tinie Tempah.

The competition has been the most successful Olympics for Team GB in 104 years, with a tally of 29 golds, Kazinform quotes BBC News.

The Queen said Team GB's "outstanding" performance had "inspired" the country.

Earlier, in a special message, she congratulated all the British and Commonwealth athletes who had taken part and said they had "truly captured the public's imagination and earned their admiration".

She also praised the organisers of the Games and the thousands of volunteers at London 2012 whose "warm welcome" had "epitomised the Olympic spirit".

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