Going for gold (again): Kate glitters at the Paralympics opening ceremony alongside husband William – but where's Harry
Capacity crowd of 80,000 greet the Royal family at Olympic Stadium
Thrifty Kate recycles the dress she wore for Zara Phillips' weddingChooses her favourite LK Bennett 185 court shoes for the event
Queen nods to the Games' 60 year British history
No sign of Paralympics GB Ambassador Prince Harry
13:22 GMT, 30 August 2012
It will take more than a few torch delays and downpours to stop the Royal Family showing their sporting support.
Just over two
weeks after the world class closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Queen Elizabeth and her family took their places
back in East London's Olympic arena to celebrate the opening of the 14th
And the Duchess of Cambridge showed off her support and winning style in a designer coat dress covered with golden thread.
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Sporting support: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the opening ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012
Third outing: The Duchess of Cambridge recycled a coat dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelson that she wore to Zara Phillips' wedding last year and six years earlier at Laura Parker Bowles' wedding
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to volunteers as she attends a reception at the Olympic Stadium
The Queen, wearing a pale blue and champagne dress and coat designed by Angela Kelly, arrived with the President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven.
She said in a statement before the ceremony:
'It is with tremendous pride that the people of London and the United
Kingdom welcome the world to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
'The Games are returning to the country where they first began, more than 60 years ago.
look forward to celebrating the uplifting spirit which distinguishes
the Paralympic Games from other events, drawing on Britain's unique
Elizabeth was joined by her son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie the
Countess of Wessex, her grandson Prince William and his wife Catherine
the Duchess of Cambridge as well as David Cameron and his wife Samantha, who wore a bright red Victoria Beckham dress.
looked elegant in a recycled coat dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen
featuring gold embroidery, which she teamed with her favourite nude 185
LK Bennett heels and a sparkling clutch.
The duchess has worn the dress on at
least two previous occasions, including Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall's
wedding last year and also in 2006 at the nuptials of Laura Parker
Bowles at St Cyriac's Church in Lacock, Wiltshire.
Missing from the Queen's side was the Duke of Edinburgh, who is convalescing after a recurrence of a bladder infection.
Royal approval: Prince William and his wife look on during the Opening Ceremony
Cheering on the athletes: David Cameron and his wife Samantha (dressed in a bright red Victoria Beckham dress) join Kate and William in the stands
The young royal couple did not seem too upset by the absence of Harry, their third 'musketeer'
Prince William chats to Samantha Cameron while Kate looks engrossed in the programme of events
Queen Elizabeth is joined in the stands by Edward, Sophie, Sebastian Coe and his wife Carole, David and Samantha Cameron, William and Kate … but there is no sign of Harry
Enjoying the show: Samantha Cameron, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, London Mayor Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler applaud the Paralympic GB athletes
unsurprisingly there was no sign of Prince Harry, who is still lying
low following the publication of nude pictures from his recent Las Vegas holiday.
Headlines were generated around the world when pictures of Harry frolicking in the nude with an unnamed naked woman emerged on a celebrity gossip website last Wednesday.
He will make his first public appearance since the scandal when he cheers on Paralympic athletes on Monday.
He will watch swimmers in the aquatic centre and later chat to sportsmen and women in the official meeting place for the country's competitors – Paralympics GB House.
The three young royals are all Paralympics GB ambassadors and expected to be seen among the crowds throughout the sell-out two week event.
Between them, Kate, William and Harry
attended over 20 events at the Olympics and they have confirmed
attendance at three days of sport over the next two weeks.
Tomorrow William and Kate will watch the
goalball and track cycling events, and the Duchess will also watch swimming and athletics while William is back at work as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to Baroness Grey-Thompson at a reception at the Olympic Stadium
Sir Philip Craven MBE, pictured here with Queen Elizabeth and her son Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex has competed in five Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988
Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Charlene were also in the crowd at the stadium in Stratford.
couple attended several Olympic events, showing particular interest in
the swimming competition. As an ex Olympic swimmer herself, South African
Charlene made sure she was at the aquatic centre when Chad le Clos took
gold for their home country.
Last night's ceremony heralds the start of 11 days of elite sporting action featuring
athletes from across the world and before sell-out crowds who have made
this the most successful Paralympic Games in history.
The British team of 301 athletes are
aiming to exceed the haul of 102 medals that they won in Beijing where
they came second in the medal table.
Speaking before the ceremony, Prime Minister David Cameron said he
believed the Games were 'going to to make the whole country incredibly
He said: 'The Olympic Games made us proud but I think
this will make us prouder still because you are going to see an
extraordinary display of sport.
'We can be very proud that more Paralympians are taking part in more
sports, in more stadia, watched by more people than at any time in the
It's been a sell-out and that is, I think, a great story for our
country and it will inspire a lot of people and change people's views
about disability and that is absolutely crucial.'
Princess Anne, wearing her patriotic Team GB scarf sits to the right of Kate as she chats to her husband
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie joined the Queen at the ceremony
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco look on during the Opening Ceremony
Professor Stephen Hawking, the guide for the 'Enlightenment' Opening Ceremony show, said: 'The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world.
'We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being but we share the same human spirit.
'What is important is that we have the ability to create.
'This creativity can take many forms, from physical achievement to theoretical physics.
'However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.'
Flying high: Playing the part of Miranda from The Tempest, Nicola Miles-Wildin guided millions of viewers through the opening ceremony using the words of Shakespeare
Spectacular show: The Olympic stadium is lit up in blue lights during the ceremony
THREE'S A CHARM: COULD KATE'S STYLE HAT TRICK BRING GOOD LUCK
2006: At the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes
2011: At the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
2012: At the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games
VIDEO: Golden girl Kate greeted International Paralympic Committee members ahead of the Opening Ceremony