2012 Olympics: Highlights From the Opening Ceremony & Athletes Photos

Rucuss staffJuly 28, 2012

The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony was a celebration of British film, TV and music at Olympic Park in Stratford London.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, First Lady Michelle Obama, celebrities, dignitaries, presidents, prime ministers and European royalty were amongst the more than 60,000 who filled the stadium to watch the opening ceremony.

Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was the mastermind behind the show. It was an extravagant celebration to open the Olympic Games that will take place over 17 days with more than 16,000 athletes from 204 countries that are expected to compete.

One of the most memorable moments featured Queen Elizabeth, 86, in a funny pre-taped video with actor Daniel Craig as James Bond. In the clip, Craig escorts the Queen from Buckingham Palace into a helicopter, which flies to the stadium. The duo then parachutes into the Olympic stadium (they were body doubles, of course). The Queen and Prince Philip then appears and are introduced in the stadium.

Other highlights include Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling reading an excerpt from British author J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Comedian Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as Mr. Bean while “Chariots of Fire” was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat which carries the Olympic Torch with its torchbearer on July 27, 2012 in London.

Soccer star David Beckham driving the Olympic torch by speedboat to the stadium.

The Parade of Nations, of course, and Paul McCartney closing the ceremony with renditions of “The End” and “Hey Jude.” A huge firework display capped off the event.

Check out photos from the event and a few athletes photos

Team USA

David Beckham

Grant Hill and Michelle Obama

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry

Kobe Bryant

2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt

LeBron James - 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

James Hardin, Chris Paul, and Lebron James

Russell Westbrook and Candice Parker

Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, James Harden

Lebron James and Maya Moore

Lebron

Some of the USA basketball team

Deron Williams, Westbrook, Chris Paul

Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony

Check out the Queen’s skit with James Bond below.

Queen Elizabeth’s Olympics Helicopter Jump with James Bond from MYNAME1229 on Vimeo.

Photos via OK Magazine, BBC, Zimbo, Instagram

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