The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics kicks off the games by welcoming the athletes and guests, while showcasing the host country's greatest attributes. The Closing Ceremony celebrates the achievements and awards of the participating athletes and hands off the games to the next Host City. The Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games took place on August 12 at the Olympic Park in London.
The show included musical performances by Annie Lennox, boyband One Direction, George Michael, Russell Brand, a rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You" using video of the late frontrunner, Freddie Mercury and vocals by Jessie J, a performance of John Lennon's "Imagine," and a Spice Girls reunion. A fashion show with Britain's most famous models, including Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss wearing clothes by designers like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. British cars were also featured throughout the Closing Ceremony, demonstrating Britain's contribution to the auto world.
The last Olympic medal was awarded to Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, for the men's marathon while the Ugandan National Anthem played.
The Who ended the night with a performance of their biggest hits, including "My Generation." The Olympic Athletes paraded out of the stadium through the stands and right past the fans.
Closing Ceremony Protocol
The closing ceremony takes place in the Olympic stadium after all events have been completed. The flag bearers of the participating nations enter the stadium in single file. Behind them, the athletes march together, without distinction of nationality, demonstrating their unity.
The President of the IOC and the President of the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games mount the rostrum. To the sounds of the Greek national anthem, the Greek flag is hoisted on the flagpole to the right. The flag of the host country is then hoisted on the central flagpole while its anthem is played. Finally, the flag of the host country of the next Olympic Games is hoisted on the left flagpole to the strains of its anthem.
The mayor of the host city joins the President of the IOC on the rostrum and returns to him the Olympic flag. The president of the IOC then entrusts it to the mayor of the host city of the next Olympic Games. This flag must be displayed in the latter city's main municipal building. After an address by the President of the OCOG, the President of the IOC gives the closing speech of the Olympic Games, declaring the end of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic flame is extinguished, and while the Olympic anthem is played, the Olympic flag is slowly lowered from the flagpole and carried out of the arena, followed by the flag bearers as a farewell song resounds.
Last Updated On : August 14,2012