Queen Elizabeth II declares London Olympics open

Queen Elizabeth II declares London Olympics open

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth (C), flanked by her Prince Philip (R) and InternationalOlympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge (L) attends the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. AFP PHOTO/ THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 8:43 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II has declared the 2012 London Olympics open before tens of thousands of joyous fans.

 

As head of state, the 86-year-old British monarch has the honor of opening the games, which run through Aug. 12.

 

The queen was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. Earlier, she appeared in a spoof film clip with "James Bond" star Daniel Craig. The segment, a highlight of Friday night's opening ceremony, culminated with stunt doubles leaping from a helicopter and parachuting into the stadium.

 

 

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