‘London Sets The World Alight’, said the Independent after seven teenage athletes were on Friday night given
the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron that will burn for the duration of the Games.
The Guardian described it as a ‘Night Of Wonder’ on their front page while the Daily Telegraph’s banner headline was ‘Going For Gold’.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth declared the Games open after playing a cameo role in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport.
A film clip showed doubles of the 86-year-old monarch and James Bond actor Daniel Craig skydiving towards the stadium and, moments later, the queen made her entrance in person.
The popular tabloid The Sun offered a typically amusing front-page splash: ‘Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, with a secondary headline declaring ‘Queen’s Surprise Acting Debut With Bond to Kick Off London 2012 Games’.