Queen Elizabeth Opens London Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Saturday welcomed the top athletes from more than 200 nations for the start of the games, marking an historic third time the capital has hosted the world’s biggest and most important sporting event.

Following the declaration of the opening of the games by Queen Elizabeth II, the finale of the Ceremony saw the Olympic Cauldron, formed of more than 200 copper petals representing the nations coming together in London for the games.

The ceremony reflected the key themes and priorities of the London 2012 Games, based on sport, inspiration, youth and urban transformation.

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The Ceremony celebrated Britain’s connections to the global community and culture, and included globally known British stars of song, stage, screen and sport such as Sir Paul McCartney who closed the Ceremony, David Beckham and Daniel Craig – who in his most recognised role as James Bond accompanied her Majesty the Queen in a mission to get to the Olympic Stadium.

Oscar winning British director Danny Boyle and his creative team took audiences gathered in the Olympic Stadium, at London 2012 Live Sites in towns and cities around the UK and more than a billion television viewers in villages and neighbourhoods around the world on a journey through British time, culture and society.

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The theme of the Ceremony was ‘this is for everyone’, and celebrated contributions the UK has made to the world through innovation and revolution.

From the industrial to the digital revolution, the Ceremony celebrated how Britain has contributed to the world.

Photo courtesy: Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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