The Queen to open Paralympics at Olympic Stadium

The Queen will open the London 2012 Paralmypic Games on 29 August, Locog has confirmed.

The Queen to open Paralympics at Olympic Stadium
The Queen to open Paralympics at Olympic Stadium

The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh to officially open the Games at the Olympic Stadium with the words: "I declare open the London 2012 Paralympic Games".

It will be the first time the Queen has opened a Paralympic Games. In 1976 she opened the Montreal Olympic Games and in 1956 the Duke of Edinburgh opened the Melbourne Olympic Games on behalf of the Queen.

Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said the Queen’s participation underlined "the significance and status of these Games not just to the Commonwealth but to the whole world."

It has already been revealed that the Queen will take part in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July.

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