updated 07/27/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/27/2012 AT 8:10 PM ET
Saying “Good evening Mr. Bond,” Queen Elizabeth had a star turn in the opening ceremony as Britain put on a show to dazzle the world and kick off the London Olympics on Friday.
In a night of surprises, the Queen, 86, arrived at the Olympic Stadium following a filmed sequence that showed her leaving Buckingham Palace with the world’s most famous spy played by Daniel Craig. Then stunt actors playing her and Bond helicoptered across London to the venue and, to a tumult of cheers, she appeared on the steps of the VIP seats.
Her moment on film was a high point in the three-hour spectacular that celebrated Britain in its diversity and history, its traditional hymns and its best pop and rock music. Looking on were Prince William, wife Kate – in a Christopher Kane dress – and most of the rest of her family.
William and Kate looked enthralled as they pointed out early scenes set up in the stadium while taking their seats. William’s father Prince Charles and wife Camilla giggled. First Lady Michelle Obama led the U.S. delegation and waved enthusiastically as the Team USA athletes marched out.