Star-studded audience for Olympic opening ceremony
LONDON (AP) — The Olympic opening ceremony had monarchs, presidents, prime ministers, Michelle Obama and the cast of "Downton Abbey" — and that was just in the audience.
The ceremony itself included Muhammad Ali, Paul McCartney and David Beckham — who drove the Olympic flame down the Thames in a speedboat. This was a decidedly A-list affair.
Among the 60,000 spectators at Olympic Stadium was Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip and younger royals including Prince William and his wife Kate, and Prince Harry.
There was a sprinkling of screen stars, including British actors Richard E. Grant and Orlando Bloom, who stopped to take pictures with British soldiers and fans outside the stadium.
"I'm a big fan of Danny Boyle, so I'm excited to see what he's done," Bloom said.
Actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays aristocrat Lord Grantham in the costume drama "Downton Abbey," tweeted a picture of his fellow cast-members arriving at the stadium.
Across town in Hyde Park, Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics and Snow Patrol played at a concert for music fans who couldn't go to the ceremony, which was shown on big screens.
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