I'm sure it was one of those nights
when the Queen would rather have been tucked up in the comfort of her own bed with a mug of cocoa and a good book.
Instead, she endured over three hours of modern PC culture depicting a nation of which she is the Head of State. At times she looked positively bored and rarely smiled. It was past midnight when she delivered her opening speech - one sentence
"I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era."
Both she and Prince Phillip looked tired and uncomfortable, understandable for a couple who are 86 and 90 years old respectively.
I have always admired the Royal Family for their dedication to duty and regularly give thanks that I am able to have a 'duvet day' when I choose. I would not have the Queen's role for all the wealth, priviledge, status, and influence that goes with it.
Freedom to choose one's daily routine is something money can't buy.