Friday’s opening ceremony was a spectacular display of Britain’s history and culture, celebrating the best of Britain and showcasing the 30th Olympiad and London 2012 to an estimated global audience of one billion.
The Opening Ceremony reflected the key themes and priorities of the London 2012 Games, based on sport, inspiration, youth and urban transformation. The ceremony, created and directed by Danny Boyle, had something for everyone; celebrating the contributions that the UK has made to the world through innovation and revolution, as well as the creativity and exuberance of British people.
The show also featured iconic British celebrities and sportspeople, including David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, screen characters Mr Bean and James Bond, and even a surprise acting debut from the Queen herself.
The finale of the ceremony saw the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, formed of 204 copper petals representing the competing nations coming together in London for the Games, ignited by seven young Torchbearers nominated by Britain’s past and present Olympic and sporting greats.
With such a fantastic opening ceremony, our hopes are high for Team GB and with one gold medal, two silvers and two bronze medals already, we’ve got our fingers crossed for a few more. Come on Team GB, you can do it!