07/27/2012 07:37 EDT | Updated 09/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Queen Elizabeth declares the London Olympics open before thousands of spectators

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II has declared the 2012 London Olympics open before tens of thousands of joyous fans.

As head of state, the 86-year-old British monarch has the honour of opening the games, which run through Aug. 12.

The queen was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. Earlier, she appeared in a spoof film clip with "James Bond" star Daniel Craig. The segment, a highlight of Friday night's opening ceremony, culminated with stunt doubles leaping from a helicopter and parachuting into the stadium.