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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Queen Parachutes Into The Opening Ceremonies

Did you watch London’s Opening Ceremonies for the Games of the 30th Olympiad?

Our entire family was mesmerized by the lush countryside filled with maypoles.

We may have grown misty as they honored soldiers past and present.

Were you amazed by the ever rising industrial towers and “forged” Olympic rings?

Showing off dry British humor was Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean!).

Yes, the ceremony had everything from Mary Poppins…

… to parachutes. There’s a new Bond girl. Queen Elizabeth was escorted by 007 himself, Daniel Craig, to a waiting helicopter where the pair leaped into the air above the stadium.

The small film also stared the Queen’s actual corgi’s. They included Monty, 13, who used to belong to the Queen Mother, and Holly age nine. You can watch the mini movie HERE.

She of course even carried her ever present handbag during her descent.

You could tell that she was pretty pleased with her “entrance” and perhaps even wanted to giggle.

Queen Olympics

The Queen wore a embellished satin peach cocktail dress with a lace bodice and pleated skirt created by the royal couturier and her personal dresser, Angela Kelly.

Prime Minister David Cameron Queen Elizabeth Princess Anne Opening Ceremony London Olympics 2012

Making a departure from her usual choice of millenary, Her Majesty selected a fascinator, also by Kelly, that featured handmade porcelain flowers.

I believe that the Queen wore Queen Mary’s Diamond Riviere necklace and the King William IV Brooch. Both pieces are quite stunning. I have to wonder though if the Queen’s extensive Diamond Jubilee and Olympic touring schedule has been a bit much for the 86 year old monarch.

The Queen’s granddaughter in law, Catherine, looked resplendent in a ice blue silk coat dress by British designer Christopher Kane. The dress featured a single-breasted design with long-sleeves and a belted waist. She is shown at the afternoon reception with President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia (left) and Erdene Elbegdorj.

At the reception Her Majesty also wore light blue silk. Her ensemble was designed by Karl Ludwig Rehse. Mrs. Obama selected a J. Mendel tailored jacket with silver embroidery paired with an ivory chiffon pleated skirt.

Danny Boyle take a bow. Your 'Isles of Wonder' was spectacular!



Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

It was beautiful and I adored every moment of the opening ceremonies. Very British; a statement that said we are proud of our roots and where we are going. I am looking forward to all of the games in that beautiful country over the next couple of weeks!

So hope you are settling into your new home well. I have been trying to keep up on Facebook with all you have been up too!

Have a lovely weekend!

Vicki said...

It was awesome! I can only imagine the number of hours that went into making such a spectacular show. My fave was the Queen's parachute jump. What a cool way for her to "participate". Now bring on the athletes!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

It was an amazing ceremony!!!! Loved the queen and James Bond!!

It's All Connected said...

I had great fun watching the ceremonies with a blogging friend! We're sure getting a great dose of all things British this year! ~ Maureen

LRae said...

Thank you for your EXCELLENT recap. Nobody cover British Royalty as well as you. I love it!!

mpainter said...

Thanks so much for details on your recap-how do you do it with just getting settled in your new home. I really enjoyed the Opening Ceremony, too. mary

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

We got to see part of it - missed the beginning :( did the queen REALLY parachute? sounds a bit much for her age! LOL!

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

another lovely post Laura! I believe it was the first time the Queen has ever 'Acted'. our neighbors are all out in their yards in force this weekend celebrating the start of the games. it's so lovely to see! Hope you are all settled now in your new home. Thinking of you, Sally xx

Karena said...

Laura these events are always so special and mesmerizing. I am a bit miffed that My Bond has chosen Elizabeth over me! Really...oh and do you think the Corgis wondered what kind of adventure Her Majesty was of to!?

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openid said...

I am sad to say that I missed it. However, I knew I could count on my laptop {armchair} reporter to provide the best and most interesting coverage. Love the Maypole Dance, Mary Poppins (If I had known YOU were in the ceremony I would have watched! hehehe) Catherine's dress and the 'Queen's' grand entrance with 007. (Daniel Craig is the best Bond in my opinion.)
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