Kate and Wills 'thrilled' by Olympic opening ceremony

The Duchess of Cambridge was "thrilled" by the spectacular opening ceremony for the London 2012 games.

Kate and Prince William were said to be "on the edge of their seats" during Danny Boyle's stunning extravaganza.

The royal party was greeted by deafening cheers as they arrived at the stadium in Stratford where the Queen officially opened the 30th Olympiad.

Kate was clearly thrilled by the segment where Her Majesty apparently parachuted into the area with James Bond star Daniel Craig.

The Duchess also enjoyed hearing JK Rowling read an excerpt from JM Barrie's Peter Pan.

The £27million event has received praise from across the globe.

The Times hailed the event as a "masterpiece", praising Boyle and the team for creating an "Adventurous, self-confident, playful, entertaining" opening ceremony.

Columnist Simon Barnes said:"London turned down the option to celebrate giants and supermen and power and might and chose instead to celebrate people".

The New York Times said that the opening ceremony was "eccentric".

It said: "With its hilariously quirky Olympic opening ceremony, a wild jumble of the celebratory and the fanciful; the conventional and the eccentric; and the frankly off-the-wall, Britain presented itself to the world Friday night as something it has often struggled to express even to itself: a nation secure in its own post-empire identity, whatever that actually is."

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