London Olympics
A light display is seen at the Olympic Stadium after a full dress rehearsal in LondonReuters

Excitement is in the air as the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony time is drawing near. The ceremony will start at 1.30 am IST and conclude at 4.00 am (09:00 BST until 11:30 BST) tonight. What do you expect from the much-awaited opening ceremony? 

What do you expect from the much-awaited opening ceremony?

England is expected to showcase its best to the world.

"The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games," said the official website of the games.

"The Ceremony will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, produced by the Whitechapel Foundry, and the Stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for opening scene 'Green and Pleasant', which includes real farmyard animals," it added.

Oscar award winner Danny Boyle will direct the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, which will kick start at the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium in Stratford tonight. He has chosen the theme 'The Isles of Wonder' for the ceremony and has worked with Indian music director A. R. Rahman, who provided the music of his film, "Slumdog Millionaire".

The opening ceremony will kick off with President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge greeting Her Majesty the Queen followed by parade of the athletes from around the globe.

The Head of State will officially declare the Games open following speeches by London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Chair Seb Coe and Jacques Rogge.

The Olympic Flag will be hoisted after the declaration of the games followed by oath taking. Finally, the Torchbearer will light the Cauldron, indicating the beginning of the Games.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television will broadcast the opening ceremony in UK through its various channels. In India, the national television channel Doordarshan will broadcast the mega sporting event from DD India and DD Sports.