Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kate Attends Olympic Opening Ceremony

William, Kate and Harry travelled to the Olympic Park in a state car after the Buckingham Palace reception, where the trio joined other members of the Royal family for the Olympic opening ceremony.


The Red Arrows flypast the stadium before the ceremony.

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William, Kate and Harry watch the flypast.

William and Kate exchanging thoughts on the ceremony.

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The young royals were seated behind Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha.

80,000 spectators filled the stadium. A stunning view!

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The much anticipated ceremony was themed around the notion of the 'Isles of Wonder'. The concept was inspired by Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. Film director Danny Boyle (best known for directing Slumdog Millionaire) was at the helm of the £27 million production which is reportedly being watched worldwide by over one billion people.

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Mr Boyle said

'The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation and will celebrant the exuberant creativity of the British'.

The Olympic stadium has been transformed into a countryside setting and has been described as 'The Olympics meets the Shire'. A cast of 15,000 volunteers took to the stage with a number of four legged friends. Animals played a central role in the beginning of the show which served as a 'Noah's Ark' of British livestock. 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese took part.

The UK of the 19th century transforming as it industrialises.

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The royals chatting.

Her Majesty's entrance could only be described as legendary. The show cut to a pre prepared film of Daniel Craig (as James Bond) escorting the Queen from Buckingham Palace to the stadium via helicopter. 

Two figures were then seen parachuting into the stadium and moments later the Queen and Prince Philip emerged, a wonderful touch and lovely to see HM's fun side :) The Palace said her Majesty was 'delighted to be involved in something so exceptional'.

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William, Kate and Harry in the audience.

William and Kate's wedding balcony kiss was shown during the display of Britain's most romantic moments. No doubt a very special moment for the couple. The photo below provides us with a very clear look at Kate's blue topaz and diamond Kiki McDonough earrings (ID'd by the wonderful Anna, they are unfortunately no longer available)

Team GB kit designer and Kate favourite Stella McCartney at the ceremony.

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The Downton Abbey cast were in high spirits outside the stadium. William and Kate are said to be huge fans of the show.

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The five Olympic rings , forged from red hot metal, light up the ceremony.

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Kate wore the same Christopher Kane bespoke coatdress she wore to the reception (a Palace aide suggested she would not have time to change). To read more on Kate's look please see today's earlier post.

It was an incredible ceremony and Danny Boyle certainly showed the 'great' in Great Britain. I hope you enjoyed it too. David Beckham piloted a speed boat and its torch bearer to the stadium.

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