With the role of The Queen in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday 27 July already established, The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will now open both Games. As Head of State, The Queen will proclaim the Paralympic Games open by saying: ‘I declare open the London 2012 Paralympic Games’.
This will be the first time The Queen has opened a Paralympic Games. In 1976 the Queen opened the Montreal Olympic Games and in 1956 The Duke of Edinburgh (on behalf of The Queen) opened the Melbourne Olympic Games.
The 1984 Paralympic Games were officially opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. These Games were held in both Europe and North America, with the Opening Ceremony in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire – the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘This summer we will be hosting the largest Paralympic Games ever and the Opening Ceremony on 29 August will be a fantastic event. The Paralympic Games will undoubtedly be a time of extraordinary pride for our nation, and it is fitting that Her Majesty will declare us underway.’
International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven said:
‘I am delighted that Her Majesty The Queen will be opening the Paralympic Games, further underlining the significance and status of these Games not just to the Commonwealth but to the whole world.’
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Further detail on the Opening Ceremonies can be found here: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/spectators/ceremonies/opening-ceremony/
Stoke Mandeville as birthplace of the Paralympic Games:
In 1948, Dr Ludwig Guttmann organised a wheelchair archery competition at Stoke Mandeville hospital for World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries. The competition took place between sports clubs and other hospitals on the same day as the Opening Ceremony of the London 1948 Olympic Games. Four years later, as more sports were added, athletes from Holland joined in and the international Paralympic Movement was born.
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There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.
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