SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Although Queen Elizabeth II was a surprise star of the London Olympic opening ceremony, her daughter said such shows have become excessive.
Princess Anne lamented to her fellow IOC members Wednesday that athletes have become an "add on" to a bigger celebration.
"I am old enough that I remember when the opening ceremony was only with the athletes," said the British princess, who competed in equestrian at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. "To me, the balance has gone too far the other way."
The 80-minute London show created by film director Danny Boyle was hugely popular in Britain. It included a rare and unexpected acting role by Queen Elizabeth II alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
Their filmed scene concluded with a parachute jump from a helicopter by stuntmen dressed as the pair, who landed in the Olympic Stadium.
Princess Anne said opening ceremonies were important to remind that athletes "are committing themselves to the Olympic ideal."