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London Olympics : Royal family to attend opening ceremony

London, July 24 (): On Monday, the royals’ Clarence House announced Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince William and his wife Kate and Prince Harry will attend the opening ceremony of London Olympics 2012, where 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II will officially open the Olympics.

The queen welcomed the members of the International Olympic Ceremony on Monday at Buckingham Palace and she was presented with a set of medals by Jacques Rogge, the organization’s president.

At the reception the queen said in the upcoming days, over 10,000 athletes from more than 200 nations will be displaying their final preparations following years of hard work, personal sacrifice and dedication. She wished all the athletes rewarding and enjoyable games.

For Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony, thousands of celebrities including nearly 120 national leaders will enter into London, with the guests ranging from Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie and to the king of Swaziland.

The US delegation will be led by First Lady Michelle Obama, and while there are no plans for her husband President Barack Obama to attend, his electoral rival Mitt Romney will be in the crowd wooing foreign leaders ahead of November’s election.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be the head of the Russia delegation, while President Vladimir Putin has said he may fly in later to watch the judo, in which he is himself a black belt.

The Foreign Office says the contingent of heads of state and government will peak at about 120 for the ceremony, surpasses about 80 who attended the Beijing ceremony in 2008 and about half that number in Athens four years earlier.

60,000 fans watched the Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal – but they were asked by the ceremony’s artistic director Danny Boyle to reveal nothing ahead of Friday’s showpiece by not posting any images on social networks.

Apart from the celebrities, the stadium will be packed with at least 62,000 spectators, 16,000 athletes, 10,000 performers, 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chickens, three cows, two goats and even dogs and geese.