The Queen has congratulated British and Commonwealth athletes for their success at the Beijing Olympics and said she was looking forward to the London Games in 2012.
As the 2008 Olympics draw to a close and China hands over the reins to the UK, the Queen spoke of her enjoyment of the sporting event.
This summer's Games have seen Team GB score a string of gold medals in events including cycling, sailing, swimming and athletics.
The Queen said: "As the Olympic Games in Beijing draw to a close, I have been particularly impressed by the British and Commonwealth athletes who have taken part in this memorable competition and who have contributed so much to the spirit of these remarkable Games in the various disciplines.
"Like so many people around the world, I have followed their endeavours with great interest and admiration.
"To all the participants, and to everyone who has supported them so well, I send my warmest congratulations.
"As a nation we now look forward to holding the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
"The golden triumphs of the present British team can only serve as further inspiration to those who will be working hard over the next four years to make the London Games a shining example of Olympic success."
London mayor Boris Johnson will receive the Olympic flag in the handover ceremony in Beijing.