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Olympic spirit on display as fans arrive for opening ceremonies in London

 

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Fans of Ethiopia enjoy the atmosphere outside the Olympic stadium before the opening ceremony on July 27, in London.

The Associated Press reports that London greeted the world in a celebration of Old England that was stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic — and cheeky, even featuring a stand-in for Queen Elizabeth II parachuting into Olympic Stadium. Moments later, the 86-year-old monarch herself stood solemnly while a children's choir serenaded her with "God Save the Queen," and members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack.


 

 

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A Great Britain fan cheers outside Olympic Stadium before the opening ceremony on July 27.

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U.S. fans pose with their national flag outside Olympic Stadium on July 27.

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Japanese fans pose outside Olympic Stadium on July 27.

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Mexican fans arrive at Olympic Park before the opening ceremony on July 27.

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Police officers place their hats on Cynthia Sison, left, and Mercy Mesina, both of the Philippines, outside Olympic Park before the opening ceremony on July 27.

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Fans pose at the entrance of Olympic Park before the opening ceremony on July 27.

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A fan wears a dress displaying a Union Jack outside Olympic Stadium before opening ceremonies on July 27.