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Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Updated 7:47 PM ET, Wed August 29, 2012
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Paralympian Margaret Maughan lights the Paralympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics on Wednesday, August 29.
The Paralympic flag is carried by members of the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team. Getty Images
The Paralympic flag is raised. AFP/Getty Images
Athletes from Mexico parade in front of a cheering crowd. Getty Images
A large-scale reproduction of Marc Quinn's celebrated sculpture "Alison Lapper Pregnant" is presented. Getty Images
The Olympic Stadium and Orbit shine brightly during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics on Wednesday, August 29. Getty Images
Artists brandished silver umbrellas during their performance. Getty Images
Some performers wore lighted visors. AFP/Getty Images
A giant apple featured prominently. Getty Images
A small plane trails sparks over the Olympic Stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch the ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform with umbrellas. Getty Images
Wheelchair rugby player Greg Smith of Australia carries the flag during the ceremony. Getty Images
Artists perform with colorful umbrellas during the opening ceremony. Getty Images
Attendees applaud Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Getty Images
The opening ceremony featured plenty of fantastic imagery. Getty Images
A choir performs "Principia" by British composer Errollyn Wallen.
Service members from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force display the Great Britain flag. Getty Images
The participants sport unique headgear. Getty Images
Miranda performs during the ceremony. Getty Images
Artists also wielded silvery umbrellas for the ceremony. Getty Images
The opening ceremony featured plenty of bright lights and beautiful colors. Getty Images