July 28, 2012- The 2012 London Olympic Games were officially started on Friday evening with the opening ceremony being held at Olympic Stadium. The celebration was imaginative, whimsical, dramatic and stunning. It even featured a parachuting stand-in for the Queen.
The monarch herself attended the ceremony. She was serenaded by a British children’s choir with the song God Save the Queen. The Union Jack was then raised by members of the Royal Army, Navy and Air Force.
Fighter jets roared over the stadium leaving trails of smoke in red, white and blue. Over 60,000 people were on hand in the stadium to watch the event. Also on hand was Paul McCartney who led a sing along. The show was the mastermind of Danny Boyle, an Academy award winning filmmaker.
The 17-day long sporting event will officially open competition on Saturday morning, even though some of the sports such as soccer started playing matches earlier in the week.
Following the spectacular show, the participating nations paraded in one after another. Over 10,500 athletes will participate this year amongst 204 nations. The first team to enter was Greece, the home of the Olympic Games and the last to enter was host Great Britain.
Following the parade of nations, the Queen officially announced the games open.