Michael’s countdown

(Strictly Embargoed *FOR PRINT* until 00.01 local time 18 April 2012 *FOR WEB USE* Strictly Embargoed until 00:01 BST 18 April 2012) London is ready to welcome the world. At Horse Guards Parade in central London 260 Guardsmen from the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh Guards mark 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games. This image was taken on Monday 16 April and has not been enhanced or altered in any way.
(Strictly Embargoed *FOR PRINT* until 00.01 local time 18 April 2012 *FOR WEB USE* Strictly Embargoed until 00:01 BST 18 April 2012) London is ready to welcome the world. At Horse Guards Parade in central London 260 Guardsmen from the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh Guards mark 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games. This image was taken on Monday 16 April and has not been enhanced or altered in any way.

A GRENADIER Guardsman from Alfreton was centre stage in an image sent around the world to mark 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympics.

It took 260 men and women from the Foot Guards and bands of the Household Division to form the 100 symbol on Horse Guards parade.

Sergeant Michael Parker, 30, was in the very front, dead centre of the middle zero in the one hundred. Michael’s company is the main ceremonial unit for the Grenadier Guards and he has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He said: “It was a very proud moment for me. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the best of Britain to the world than to get the Guardsmen on Parade.”