The £27 million opening ceremony started simply with the Olympic Stadium turned into a meadow, a green and pleasant land. On the real grass covering the bowl of the stadium there were hills, a cottage and people enjoying an idyllic version of British life.
The Red Arrows showcase
The Red Arrows showed the British colors as a giant clock started the countdown to the start of the opening ceremony.
Sinivie Boltic carries the flag for Nigeria
Initially, it was announced that weightlifter Mariam Usman had been chosen to carry the Nigeria’s flag at the Opening Ceremony. However, for some reason it was Nigerian wrestler, Sinivie Boltic that actually carried out this role for Nigeria at the parade of nations.
Queen arrives by parachute with James Bond
The Queen made a seemingly spectacular entrance to the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony this evening by dropping in from a helicopter by parachute accompanied by James Bond. The surreal sequence followed a short film featuring James Bond actor Daniel Craig soaring across the streets of London before the pair apparently took the plunge. Stuntmen dressed in a tuxedo and a peach-coloured dress really made the leap using Union Jack parachutes, and the Queen accompanied by Prince Philip then emerged and took their seat in the Royal Box.
Mr Bean was there too
The great Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was already a part of Olympic history before last night’s opening ceremony of the London Games. Not only did he win a gold medal as a young boxer, but he also provided one of the most memorable moments of any opening ceremony when he lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta 16 years ago. And the sporting legend cemented his place in the Olympic story on Friday night, when he helped to carry the official flag to its place in the centre of the arena alongside other humanitarian icons. Although he was visibly suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, his appearance as an icon of sporting genius and resilience was widely praised. Muhammad Ali looked frail but was accompanied by his wife – Lonnie who stood by his side throughout .
Memorial for the dead
This was one of my best moments throughout the show. A performance was made in honor of the victims of war and the July 7 victims. Emeli Sande sang ‘Abide with me’ while a group performed a choreographed routine.
David Beckham brought the torch to Stratford
The Olympic rings illuminated above the stadium
The royals were not left out
The lighting of the torch
The views from the top