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2012 summer olympics

For its opening act, Britain’s great

For an opening act, London went historic, from the Queen to McCartney

LONDON — Yes, that was Her Majesty leaving Buckingham Palace and boarding that chopper with James Bond (the Daniel Craig version), making her acting debut at 86. And no, she didn’t parachute toward the Olympic Stadium. With an estimated $850 million of public funds being spent on security, from Afghan war veterans to aircraft carriers, there was no way that Queen Elizabeth II was going to hit the silk during her Jubilee year and risk accelerating the House of Windsor’s line of succession.

Tradition was much of the reason the Lords of the Rings awarded the Games of the XXX Olympiad to the British capital for an unprecedented third time. In a day when the planet is undergoing yet another upheaval, London seemed to be a proven site where the Olympic spirit might be rekindled.

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