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11 Best Moments From The Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Kate Middleton, aerialists, loads of fireworks, the Queen — no wonder this year's Paralympics in London is expected to be the most-watched ever.

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1. Aerialists

The theme was "enlightenment."
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The theme was "enlightenment."

2. A performance by Sir Ian McKellen

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3. A man in a flaming skirt

That's Austrian dancer Ziya Azazi.
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That's Austrian dancer Ziya Azazi.

4. A midair race

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5. An umbrella boat

The ceremony represented a voyage on a "sea of ideas."
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The ceremony represented a voyage on a "sea of ideas."

6. The Queen

She looks unamused.
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She looks unamused.

7. Oscar Pistorius carrying the South African flag

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8. Stephen Hawking as emcee

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9. Kate Middleton and Prince William

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They looked lovey-dovey. She wore a coat she's worn before.
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They looked lovey-dovey. She wore a coat she's worn before.

10. A giant sculpture

That's a giant version of Marc Quinn's "Alison Lapper Pregnant." Lapper is a British artist who was born without arms.
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That's a giant version of Marc Quinn's "Alison Lapper Pregnant." Lapper is a British artist who was born without arms.

11. And lots and lots of fireworks

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