The Queen toured the Olympic Park on Day one of the 16-day sporting extravaganza. Wowing visitors, the Queen took the lift to the top of the 377-foot (115 metre) Orbit tower near the stadium.

While getting a bird's eye view from the top, the monarch also met the designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture Anish Kapoor. She praised Kapoor for his work.

The Queen was dressed in a royal blue silk dress, crepe coat with a matching hat and was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Lakshmi Mittal, the chief executive of Arcelor Mittal who funded the structure, and the 2012 London Olympics Chairman Lord Coe, were also present.

The tower is the tallest piece of public art in the UK. The twisting red tower which has two observation platforms to view the entire Olympic Park was officially declared complete on 27 July.

The structure has an entrance price of £15. Speaking about the decision to put a price tag, Sir Keith Mills, the London 2012 vice-chairman told the Telegraph: "To have taken this for the corporates would have been wrong. We did look at it as a hospitality venue but we believe this is a very special place and we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy it. The £15 is what it costs us to operate it. We set the price to offset that cost."

The Queen later visited the British section of the athletes' village where she was welcomed by nearly 150 Team GB competitors and delegates.

The London Mayor told the BBC that the Queen was "very, very impressed with the success of her first film appearance, her first dramatic venture. It was very funny and seems to have gone down particularly well with the international audiences."

The Buckingham Palace spokesperson also said the Queen was very happy that Danny Boyle's film was received well.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks with London Mayor Boris Johnson as they stand at the top of the Orbit during her visit to the Olympic Park in LondonReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth stands with London Mayor Boris Johnson in front of a curved mirror at the top of the Orbit during her visit to the Olympic Park in LondonReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks with Lakshmi Mittal during her visit to the top of the Orbit at the Olympic Park in LondonReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth looks up as she speaks with a member of Team GB at the athlete's village during her visit to the Olympic Park in LondonReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth watches the morning session of the swimming at the aquatics centre during her visit to the London 2012 Olympic GamesReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth stands with Prince Philip as they watch the morning session of the swimming at the aquatics centre during their visit to the London 2012 Olympic GamesReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the aquatics centre during the London 2012 Olympic GamesReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Aquatics Centre with London 2012 Olympic Games Chief Lord Seb Coe in LondonReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower with Prince Philip in LondonReuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Aquatics Centre with London 2012 Olympics Games chief Sebastian CoeReuters