Paralympics 2012 games begin today with a lavish opening ceremony in London.
On Tuesday night, at the spinal injuries hospital in that Buckinghamshire village, the Paralympic flame began the final leg of its journey to the Olympic Stadium, and will bring London to a standstill as it completes a 95-mile 24-hour trip on Wednesday.
Baroness Grey-Thompson and Paralympic swimmer Chris Holmes will carry the flame through Trafalgar Square with former boxer Michael Watson, and a team of injured servicemen from Walking the Wounded nominated by Prince Harry will carry the flame down Whitehall.
The flame will ultimately light the cauldron in the stadium after a lavish opening ceremony, with 166 petals ignited to represent the competing nations as opposed to the 205 that took part in the Olympic Games.
Almost 2.5 million games tickets have been sold so far making this the biggest paralympics ever.
Around 10,000 more tickets will be made available for each day of the games.
Meanwhile Britain’s Prince Harry is expected to watch swimmers in the aquatic centre on Monday and later that day chat to sportsmen and women in the official meeting place for the country’s competitors: ParalympicsGB House. This will be Prince Harry’s first public appearance since naked photos of him made headlines around the world .
The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960.Stoke Mandeville co-hosted the games with New York in 1984, when they took over the running of the wheelchair events after Illinois pulled out at the last minute, but 2012 marks the first time the whole Paralympics has been staged in the UK.