Sochi 2014: Princess Anne Reads A Book During Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Despite ploughing millions of rubbles into the Sochi Olympics, Princess Anne couldn’t keep her nose out of a book during the opening ceremony, preferring to flick through her tome rather than watch the athletes’ parade.

It is not known whether Her Royal Highness was engrossed in David Starkey's A History of England through the Monarchy or perhaps E L James 50 Shades Of Grey but either way it looks like a real page-turner.

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07/02/2014 19:04 GMT
Goodnight

That was an enjoyable opening ceremony bolstered by the classical music soundtrack and some wonderful choreography, despite some notable omissions from Russia's historic timeline.

Here's the Cauldron burning brightly

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07/02/2014 19:02 GMT
More Maria

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07/02/2014 18:59 GMT
Fireworks

It looks pretty extraordinary even from an armchair, let alone inside the stadium. It's still ongoing and the Olympic Village for these Winter Games looks incredibly impressive at night.

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07/02/2014 18:57 GMT
Shara

maria sharapova

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07/02/2014 18:56 GMT
It's aliiiiiight!

The Olympic Cauldron burns brightly in Sochi, an incredible fireworks display goes off and the crowd, I imagine, are going berserk. The Winter Olympics are well underway as Bolshoi plays.

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07/02/2014 18:54 GMT
The Flame

Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole vaulter, followed by Greco-Roman wrestling greatAleksandr Karelin, then Alina Kabayeva, gymnast, and then ice hockey master Vladislav Tretyak also carried the Flame.

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07/02/2014 18:51 GMT
Olympic flag

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07/02/2014 18:50 GMT
Maria Sharapova

The four-time Grand Slam winner and 2004 Wimbledon champion, born in Sochi, brought the flame into the stadium.

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The Olympic Flame...

Has belatedly arrived. No Andrei Arshavin on a speedboat, though.

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Robin Cousins, still with us, remarks. It's all gone a bit Starlight Express, which was a traumatic experience when I went to see it as a seven-year-old.

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07/02/2014 18:41 GMT
Swan Lake

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07/02/2014 18:33 GMT
Here comes the Olympic Flag

Don't let the fact Shami Chakrabarti carried it at London 2012 ruin that memory.

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07/02/2014 18:32 GMT
Instead, it's Coronation March

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Cultured stuff and very, very Russian. Sleeping Beauty may be an inappropriate score for mobile athletes but it'd go down a treat.

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07/02/2014 18:29 GMT
Socialism

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07/02/2014 18:27 GMT
Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake, to be precise.

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07/02/2014 18:27 GMT
Kronsteen speaks!

Sorry, I mean Putin speaks. He has opened the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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"Hello. You athletes are very impressive. Russia is a nice country. The Olympics are a pretty cool thing, aren’t they? Thanks for watching. And for volunteering! That last bit was mainly aimed at the volunteers."

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07/02/2014 18:17 GMT
IOC president Thomas Bach

He's stepped up to the podium now. No, Jacques Rogge stepped down a while ago.

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07/02/2014 18:16 GMT
War and Peace

Yes, they're still jabbering on

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That little girl

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Oh Christ

It's speech time.

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Baby boom
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50s Russia

It looks remarkably like 50s America. They're rock 'n' rollin', cruisin' in their cars and dressed in glorious technicolor. It's the film The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could have been, perhaps.

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07/02/2014 18:04 GMT
Very good
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07/02/2014 18:02 GMT
Nikolay Valuev

The former boxer has just appeared.

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Twenty seven million Russians died in WWII, and homage is now paid to the rebuilding process.

This has been a genuinely impressive and succinct re-telling of Russia's history, so far. The music and choreography have made for an impressive spectacle so far and we have swiftly moved onto the Soviet Union's rise post-war.

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07/02/2014 18:00 GMT
The Red Machine
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