Though her mother participated in one, Queen Elizabeth’s daughter thinks the opening ceremonies at the Olympics have become too excessive and flamboyant and may be taking away from the spirit of the Games by not focusing on the athletes.
According to the AP, “Princess Anne lamented to her fellow IOC members Wednesday that athletes have become an ‘add on’ to a bigger celebration.”
”I am old enough that I remember when the opening ceremony was only with the athletes,” Princess Anne, who competed in equestrian at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, said. ”To me, the balance has gone too far the other way.”
As the AP noted, Princess Anne’s mother was a surprise participant in the 80-minute opening ceremony before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which was created by Danny Boyle and “included a rare and unexpected acting role by Queen Elizabeth II alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig.”