The Queen to Open Paralympic Games

Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh Philip Mountbatten, will open the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 29. Queen Elizabeth is also set to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27.

This will be the first time the queen has opened a Paralympic Games. In 1976, Queen Elizabeth opened the Montreal Olympic Games, and in 1956, the Duke of Edinburgh opened the Melbourne Olympic Games.

“This summer we will be hosting the largest Paralympic Games ever and the opening ceremony on Aug. 29 will be a fantastic event,” said London 2012 Organizing Committee chair Seb Coe. “The Paralympic Games will undoubtedly be a time of extraordinary pride for our nation, and it is fitting that Her Majesty will declare us under way.”