The Queen’s Secret: How Elizabeth II hid her 2012 Olympic skit with Daniel Craig from the royal family

Queen Elizabeth II was always ready to celebrate major events in Britain.

The monarch never shied away from requests for ceremony organizers to attend.

On Thursday (September 8) the Royal Family announced the Queen had died peacefully in Balmoral at the age of 96, prompting tributes from the entertainment world.

Follow the latest updates as the world pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

After her death, people remember her performances at high-profile events, the most famous of which was the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Directed by Danny Boyle, the televised event took place on July 27, 2012.

Things got off to an unexpected but very funny start, thanks to a special cameo appearance by Queen Elizabeth II herself alongside Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond.

During the skit, the fictional spy escorts the Queen in a helicopter from Buckingham Palace to the Olympics.

An actor who played the Queen was then shown jumping out of the plane using a Union Jack parachute.

To make the scene even funnier, the Queen kept her involvement a secret from her family.

An actor playing the Queen at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games

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Earlier this year, head of production Sam Hunter told broadcaster Kirsty Wark: “The Queen never told her family she was doing it. That was one of the conditions when she agreed to be there.”

According to Hunter, at the ceremony you can see the surprise of her family members as they witness the moment simultaneously with the rest of the world for the first time.

Another memorable sketch the Queen was involved in happened just three months ago during her Platinum Jubilee Celebration when she performed a scene alongside Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishsaw.

Following news of the monarch’s death, the fictional character’s official Twitter page paid tribute to the scene they shared with a touching recall. The Queen’s Secret: How Elizabeth II hid her 2012 Olympic skit with Daniel Craig from the royal family


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