Rio Tinto, the mining company responsible for the production of the precious metals for the Games, will hand over the final Olympic and Paralympic medals to the London 2012 Organising Committee for secure storage in the vaults.
The gold, silver and bronze medals will be securely locked away in the famous vaults and will remain there until they are needed for the Victory Ceremonies. In total, 4,700 medals will be awarded in 805 Victory Ceremonies that will take place in over 30 London 2012 venues across the UK.
Fanfare of trumpeters
A ceremonial event will take place tonight at the Tower to mark the arrival of the final medals. The arrival will be announced by a fanfare by the trumpeters of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood and attended by The Tower’s famous Yeoman Warders and 150 Get Set network schoolchildren.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘For an athlete, winning an Olympic or Paralympic medal represents the conclusion of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport. The Victory Ceremonies then provide the moment they can truly celebrate their success. It’s great that the London 2012 medals will be kept safe and secure at the Tower of London until then.’
The medals will stay in the vaults until they are needed at the Games, with the first medals to be awarded on the 28 July in Olympic Shooting.