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    Dazzling Photos That Remind Us Why We Fell In Love With The London 2012 Opening Ceremony

    Today marks three years since Danny Boyle blew our minds with his jaw-dropping Olympic opening ceremony.

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    A British meadow and rural community is depicted during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Kenneth Branagh performs Caliban's speech from Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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    Performers depict the industrial revolution.

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    Workers weave on giant looms in a scene from the industrial revolution.

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    Olympic rings are forged in a scene from the industrial revolution.


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    The Olympics rings over the stadium.


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    Rings representing the Olympics and the industrial revolution are lit and lifted.


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    A scene depicting the women's rights movement.


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    Traditional family life being acted out during the ceremony.

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    Queen Elizabeth II.

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    Britain's flagbearer, Chris Hoy, leads his country's delegation parade.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit with prime minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha.


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    Great Britain's Tom Daley (left) during the team parade.


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    A member of Italy's delegation holds her national flag as she parades during the ceremony.

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    Members of the India's delegation wave their national flags.

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    The Olympic flame is lit inside the stadium.

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