The Olympic Torch burned brightly this afternoon as it came to Buckingham Palace.
Among those welcoming it to Buckingham Palace were official Olympic ambassadors William, Kate and Harry, as well as forty members of the Team GB Ambition Programme.
Above left we see torchbearer Wai-Ming Lee with the flame, he is with an MapAction, a group that responds to disasters with humanitarian aid; Prince Harry is its patron. Above right we see John Hulse waiting for the flame, he is with Mountain Rescue, Prince William is patron of that group. Mountain Rescue serves England and Wales, William has been patron since 2007.
Today was Day 69 of the Torch Relay’s 8000 mile journey. It ends tomorrow when the flame is used to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.
All three Olympic Ambassadors wore official Adidas Team GB apparel for today’s event at the Palace.
The Duchess paired her Team GB top with another pair of skinny jeans from Zara.
They are called “Satinhose” on the Zara Germany site (shown above right), selling at â‚¬39,95. They are 97% cotton with 3% elastene for stretch.
On Zara’s UK site the name is “Satin Trouser” and they are marked down to Â£12.99 fromÂ Â£35.99, the Zara US ‘Satin Trousers’ page shows them as being sold out at $35.99 (from $59.90), in black only. Below we show a look at the back zippers.
Kate also sported a new pair of wedges, the sky high Stuart Weitzman ‘Corkswoon’ style. The heels on these are 4.5″ but the platform is 1.25″, so it’s about a 3-1/4″ heel, perhaps not as intimidating as it looks.
These are available in a variety of colors and fabrics at a number of online sites, there is a broad spectrum of prices. We show them at Stuart Weitzman, although Kate’s color was only available through Russell and Bromley .
It was a delight to see all three young royals looking so excited for the upcoming events, I expect we will see a lot of Adidas/Team GB clothing in the next three weeks. The vivid blue trousers were a great Team GB color, although I thought the jeans just a skosh too skinny this time.
Today’s Torch Relay route included St Paul’s Cathedral,Â Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. Below we see Paralympian Ade Adepitan with the Flame on Millennium Bridge, he is a Wheelchair BasketballÂ player.
This year’s Torch Relay for the Paralympic Games is actually August 28-29, below we see the Paralympic Torch.
More on the August activities from the Paralympic Games site:
Four Flames will be lit as part of a new concept for the Paralympic Torch Relay, one each in London, Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
In addition to the Flame Festivals and Flame Celebrations, the whole of the UK will be encouraged to help light the way to the Paralympic Games by lighting a lantern. To get involved, please visit www.london2012.com/get-involved/local-leaders/lantern-festival/
Following the day’s progress it was taken to Hyde Park for a concert, London’s Mayor spoke to the enormous crowds at Hyde Park, more from the Daily Mail:
Mayor of London Boris Johnson told the crowd at Hyde Park: ‘I have never seen anything like this in all my life. The excitement is growing all the time, the Geiger counter of Olympic mania is going to go off the scale.
‘The people from around the world are coming and seeing the greatest city in the world there are some people coming who don’t yet know about the preparations we have been doing for the last seven years.
- The Official London Torch Relay page is here
- Official London 2012 site is here, the Facebook page here and Twitter account here
- Paralympics Torch Relay info is here
- Official London 2012 Paralympics site is here, its Facebook page is here and Twitter account here
- Team GB Home page
- Team GB Facebook page
- Team GB Twitter account
- The Telegraph has a slew of videos from today’s Torch Relay, including the Palace visit
- Time Zone Conversion â€“ this link takes you to a page that converts from London time to New York time (Eastern Daylight Time)
We’ll be back tomorrow with coverage of the Opening Ceremonies and other events of the day.Here’s a look at the countdown clock on the London 2012 home page.
We leave you with this image of the Olympic Rings at sunset at Olympic Park.