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.
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
Grant Hill and Michelle Obama
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt
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
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.
Photos via OK Magazine, BBC, Zimbo, Instagram
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