Athletes from the 204 competing nations joined the closing ceremony 30 minutes after it kicked off, entering casually together rather than parading in their national teams as at the opening ceremony, while British band Elbow performed a rousing version of "Open Arms".
Waving flags and proudly displaying medals, the athletes streamed into the brightly lit stadium, taking photos of the audience and other athletes who will head off in their masses tomorrow after the 17-day event.
The acts performing at the three-hour closing ceremony were supposed to be a closely guarded secret, but some artists, such as George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran, confirmed their participation. The Spice Girls were photographed back together and rehearsing offsite ahead of the night.
In Image: Flag bearers are showered with confetti in Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony