12 May 2012
Last updated at 13:44
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the guests of honour at a celebration gala dinner held at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night for the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic squads. Also present on a glittering evening were British stars from past and present Games.
The Royal couple are ambassadors for the British Olympic and Paralympic teams this year. At the reception they met fellow ambassador Sir Steve Redgrave, who said: "Having their support makes a real difference."
There were plenty of Olympic legends at the Our Greatest Team Rises event. Sir Matthew Pinsent, who shared three of Redgrave's five Olympic gold medal victories, was another who was invited along with his wife Demetra.
Jonathan Edwards (left) is the athlete representative on the board of Games organisers Locog. The former triple jumper, who won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, met up with former 110m hurdler Colin Jackson, an Olympic silver medallist in Seoul in 1988.
Kriss Akabusi won three Olympic medals in his career as a 400m hurdler. He collected two bronze medals in Barcelona in 1992 - one in his own race and in the relay - following a relay silver eight years earlier in Los Angeles.
Hoping to win gold in London this summer are the British synchronised swimming team. They will be competing in the duets and teams events in one of only two women-only sports at the Games - the other one is rhythmic gymnastics.
Dame Kelly Holmes (left) and Tessa Sanderson both know how to win Olympic gold, with Holmes's double on the track in Athens in 2004 and Sanderson's javelin success in Los Angeles 20 years earlier.
Barcelona in 1992 was Sally Gunnell's greatest Olympic moment as she won gold in the 400m hurdles.
And 12 years earlier, swimmer Duncan Goodhew was on top of the podium after winning the 100m breaststroke at the Moscow Games.
Prince William was in jovial mood as he addressed the 3,000 guests. He told them: "You, our Olympians and Paralympians, will inspire people up and down this country, and far beyond its borders" before adding: "Naturally I was asked to compete for Team GB in every sport, but sadly Lord Coe said there were London pigeons with more athletic prowess than me!"