PhotosOlympics 2012 Photos: Opening Ceremony & More07.27.12PhotosOlympics 2012 Photos: Opening Ceremony & MoreLondon kicked off the 2012 Olympics with a lavish ceremony featuring everyone from Will & Kate to Duran Duran and a flock of sheep. See photos.07.27.12 9:25 PM ETLondon kicked off the 2012 Olympics with a lavish ceremony featuring everyone from Will & Kate to Paul Simon and a flock of sheep. See photos. Ronald Martinez / Getty ImagesA general view of the inside of the stadium during the opening ceremonies. Stu Forster / Getty ImagesCricketers play cricket on the pitch during the preshow prior to the opening ceremonies. Michael Regan / Getty ImagesA shepherdess tends her flock during the opening ceremonies. Part of creative director Danny Boyle’s concept was to take a visual tour through British history and culture. Odd Anderson, AFP / Getty ImagesPrince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, await the start of the opening ceremonies. Pool / Getty ImagesRings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit. Franck Fife, FAP / Getty ImagesActors evoke the Industrial Revolution during the opening ceremonies. Quinn Rooney / Getty ImagesPerformers depict a view of the English countryside during the opening ceremonies. John Stillwell, AFP / Getty ImagesLondon Mayor Boris Johnson and his wife, Marina Wheeler. Jae C. Hong / AP PhotoActors perform in a sequence meant to represent Britain's National Health Service. John Macdougall, AFP / Getty ImagesArtists strike a variety of English poses during the opening ceremonies. Pool / Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister David Cameron stands with his wife, Samantha, and Anne, Princess Royal, at the opening ceremonies. Feng Li / Getty ImagesCelebrators gather in London’s Trafalgar Square on opening day. Miguel Medina, AFP / Getty ImagesBritish singer Simon Le Bon and guitar player John Taylor, from the band Duran Duran, perform on stage in London’s Hyde Park to help kick off the Games. Michael Regan / Getty ImagesA general view of the the set depicting the English countryside during the opening ceremonies. Leon Neal, AFP / Getty ImagesSpectators brave the rain prior the opening ceremonies. Cameron Spencer Lauren Jackson of the Australian Olympic basketball team carries her country’s flag as she leads the Australian team into the stadium. Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images Artists perform during the opening ceremony. Quinn Rooney / Getty ImagesChris Hoy of the British Olympic cycling team carries his country’s flag during the opening ceremonies. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP / GettyImagesPeople watch the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games on a television in central London.