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Old 07-07-2012, 06:42 PM
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I imagine it will be in English as it will be in London, an English country. But who knows, perhaps we will be shocked just as we were when the Queen spoke Irish during her trip to Southern Ireland last May.

The Court Circular states only a few members of the family are attending the opening ceremony. I am quite shocked by that as I assumed many, if not all of them, would attend. No doubt various members will attend events and such, but to not have many at the opening ceremony was a shock. It does state Edward and Sophie will attend the opening ceremony of the Paralympic's though, but he is a Patron of it.

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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

will give a reception for Heads of State and Government attending the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

will attend the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony at the Oympic Stadium, London.

The Duke of Kent

will attend the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20.
Where is everyone else?
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:45 PM
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The royals in attendance for the opening ceremony can be divided into two groups - those there in official capacity and as private individuals.
The Court Circular lists only those who will have some sort of an official function during the ceremony, not all those in attendance.

For instance, during the recent Thistle ceremony, the Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance but not listed on Court Circular because she had no official role - Kate was there just as the wife of the Duke of Cambridge, to support her husband.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:58 PM
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While the IOC has English and French as its official languages, the head of state always opens the games in their nations national language. During the course of the games all announcements will be in both English and French plus the host nations official language if different.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:33 PM
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Can I please point out one thing - the CC isn't what lists upcoming engagements - that is the Future Engagements list. There have been occasions this year when things listed in the Future Engagements list don't make it to the CC which is done AFTER the event - it is published the next day in The Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman, The Monarchy website and their facebook page.

It is perfectly possible that those listed above will be supplemented over the coming weeks. I have looked a future engagements at times and been surprised to see only two or three engagments listed for the entire family for a day only to read the CC for the day to see 20 engagements listed. The future engagements can be added to over time.

I also think that the number of royals who will be attending the Opening Ceremony unofficially will be quite high e.g. how many people saw William, Kate, Beatrice or Prince and Princess Michael at Wimbledon over the last two weeks - most of us right - they weren't there officially according to the CC but what about Charles and Camilla or The Duke of Kent - there officially according to the CC. The same with Ascot - The Queen and Philip attended officially every day but other royals attended each day but not officially.

Not everytime you see a royal doing something are you seeing them doing an official engagement.
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The Wales family are all listed on the POW website "Diary"...usually only the day before or the day of. The are not listed on the the Monarchy website coming events.
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I expect most of the family at the Opening Ceremony. The tickets are very, very difficult to get (not to mention bloody expensive) because demand has been so high. If there's one time I would expect the royals to use their status to get a ticket to something, it's this one. Similarly, if England got to the final of the World Cup somewhere close to home, I'd say as many of them would go as possible. I don't blame them, I'd do it too if I could. It's over 60 years since we last had the Olympics, who knows when we'll have them again?
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I expect most of the family at the Opening Ceremony. The tickets are very, very difficult to get (not to mention bloody expensive) because demand has been so high. If there's one time I would expect the royals to use their status to get a ticket to something, it's this one. Similarly, if England got to the final of the World Cup somewhere close to home, I'd say as many of them would go as possible. I don't blame them, I'd do it too if I could. It's over 60 years since we last had the Olympics, who knows when we'll have them again?
is there a royal box at the stadium where the opening ceremonies will be held? not living in the UK, Im not familiar with all of the venues.
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is there a royal box at the stadium where the opening ceremonies will be held? not living in the UK, Im not familiar with all of the venues.
I expect there might be a VIP area of some kind at the Olympic Stadium, nothing has been announced yet.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:28 PM
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I did expect a lot of the family to attend, but I just did not know whether it would be listed or not. I agree with EIIR, I would imagine they will milk their status for all it is worth for the Olympics, and I would do the same. I would like to see them there and I sincerely hope there is a big turn out for Zara when she is competing. Would be lovely to see all her cousin's supporting her too.
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is there a royal box at the stadium where the opening ceremonies will be held? not living in the UK, Im not familiar with all of the venues.
Yes, there is a Royal Box in the Olympic Stadium. I think only Olympics officials, British royals and British government officials will sit in it though. Bear in mind that it's expected anything up to 120 heads of state and/or government are believed to be attending because of how relatively central London is and how easy it is to travel to from just about anywhere. Each of these VIPs will also have bodyguards and their own officials with them, so to be able to seat them all in the Royal Box it would have to be big enough to seat potentially thousands of people. I suspect there will be VIP or some sort of premium seating available outside the Royal Box itself.
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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the Olympic flame to Windsor Castle this afternoon. HM was prepared for all weathers in her raincoat/cape. Big crowds were out in Windsor to see it. Great to see HM and the DoE in such good form.

Queen Elizabeth II Photos - The Olympic Torch Continues Its Journey Around The UK - Zimbio


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In the photo I could almost imagine the DoE saying something along the lines of "Mind if I take this to the end of the driveway?" I can imagine that both the Queen and the DoE are both thrilled to be having the games in London this year.
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I actually think the DoE isn't all that into the Olympics. He has been pretty vocal in the past about how much he dislikes the hoopla that is opening and closing ceremonies, and I must say I agree with him. I'm sure he'll be sitting in the royal box at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July thinking it's all a bloody waste of money and effort.
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I actually think the DoE isn't all that into the Olympics. He has been pretty vocal in the past about how much he dislikes the hoopla that is opening and closing ceremonies, and I must say I agree with him. I'm sure he'll be sitting in the royal box at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July thinking it's all a bloody waste of money and effort.
Now that you mention it, you're probably right. The DoE isn't much at all for pomp and showy circumstances or any kind of fuss making even when it comes to himself and being molly coddled as they say. He's more of a "just get on with it" kinda guy.
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Here are some more pics and videos of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcoming the torchbearers with the Olympic flame:


** zimbio/bauer griffin gallery: The Olympic Torch at Windsor Castle **


** BBC: Olympic torch: Queen welcomes flame at Windsor Castle **


** thesun.co.uk video: Queen welcomes Olympic torch **


** telegraph.co.uk: London 2012 Olympics torch relay: Queen and Duke of Edinburgh greet flame at Windsor Castle **
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I actually think the DoE isn't all that into the Olympics. He has been pretty vocal in the past about how much he dislikes the hoopla that is opening and closing ceremonies, and I must say I agree with him. I'm sure he'll be sitting in the royal box at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July thinking it's all a bloody waste of money and effort.
I'd love to hear his 'remarks' during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, because knowing him, they'd pretty priceless.
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I actually think the DoE isn't all that into the Olympics. He has been pretty vocal in the past about how much he dislikes the hoopla that is opening and closing ceremonies, and I must say I agree with him. I'm sure he'll be sitting in the royal box at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July thinking it's all a bloody waste of money and effort.

I am with Philip on this - the Opening and Closing ceremonies are a waste of time and money.

I do suspect though, that again like me, Philip will be into watching the actual events - the real Olympics rather than the showy rubbish stuff that isn't needed.
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Agree as well. Don't care for the opening/closing ceremonies either. I don't enjoy them, but I do enjoy the events themselves - especially the swimming and diving!
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I am with Philip on this - the Opening and Closing ceremonies are a waste of time and money.

I do suspect though, that again like me, Philip will be into watching the actual events - the real Olympics rather than the showy rubbish stuff that isn't needed.
I agree, I'm sure he appreciates the sport aspect of the Games. He's right about the ceremonies, though. They've become enormous and hugely expensive, and really they've got nothing to do with that the Olympic Games are supposed to be about.
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I agree, I'm sure he appreciates the sport aspect of the Games. He's right about the ceremonies, though. They've become enormous and hugely expensive, and really they've got nothing to do with that the Olympic Games are supposed to be about.
We don't actually know what the DoE thinks about the ceremonies do we? Has he spoken publically about this?
I rather like the entry of the athletes of the world and the taking of the Olympic oath at the opening ceremonies.
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