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Queen Elizabeth II to open 2012 Olympics
Buckingham Palace: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip to open 2012 Olympics
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will open the 2012 Olympics this summer, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

The royal couple will perform this ceremonial role at the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium when the games begin on July 27.

They also will open the Paralympic Games on Aug. 29.

The British royals have long been strong supporters of the Olympics.

The queen also opened the 1976 Games in Canada, where she is the head of state, while Philip did so on her behalf at Melbourne, Australia, in 1956.

The Olympics were last held in the UK in 1948 and were opened by the queen's father, King George VI.

(This version CORRECTS Adds background on other Olympic Games, corrects typographical error in the extended headline. This story is part of AP's general news, sports and entertainment services.)

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