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Opening Ceremony Collection

From Super Bowl spectacles to historic Olympic moments, opening ceremonies have always been a grand display of talent and excitement

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US musician Prince performs during half-time 04 February 2007 at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts

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US musician Prince performs during half-time 04 February 2007 at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts

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US musician Prince performs during half-time 04 February 2007 in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: 1956 Winter Olympic Games at Cortina d Ampezzo in Italy

1956 Winter Olympic Games at Cortina d Ampezzo in Italy. British Olympic Team parade through town during the opening ceremony

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Photo from Moscow shows a general view of the Luzhniki stadium during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony ahead of the world athletics championships. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Tsar Nicholas II at the opening ceremony of the first Duma, St Petersburg, Russia, 1906

Tsar Nicholas II at the opening ceremony of the first Duma, St Petersburg, Russia, 1906. The Duma, the elected legislative assembly of the Russian Empire

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, accompanied by Miss Great Britain Carolyn Moore

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, accompanied by Miss Great Britain Carolyn Moore, open new Burtons Superstore in Leeds, Thursday 3rd February 1972

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Yeoman of the Guard walk in through the Sovereigns entrance before Britains Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, arrive at the Houses of Parliament on May 18, 2016

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The opening of the Congregational Church in Eltham, Kent. 1938

The opening of the Congregational Church in Eltham, Kent. 1938

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The Opening of the Universal Exhibition by the President of the Republic, Paris, 1900

The Opening of the Universal Exhibition by the President of the Republic, Paris, 1900. The Exposition Universelle of 1900 was a worlds fair held in Paris, France

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Veronica Wilson, girlfriend of Freddie Trueman, at the opening of the new Saxon Motor

Veronica Wilson, girlfriend of Freddie Trueman, at the opening of the new Saxon Motor hotel, Ainley Top, Huddersfield. January 1972 72-00100-002

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Opening Yate Shopping Centre JLP01_08_071866

Opening Yate Shopping Centre JLP01_08_071866
Yate Shopping Centre, Yate, South Gloucestershire. A large crowd of people gathered around the fountain on Four Seasons Square for the official opening of Yate Shopping Centre

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STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: The opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023, United States of America

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Kylie Minogue during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Keith Urban during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: The opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023, United States of America

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: The opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023, United States of America

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: DJ Tiesto during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Nico Hulkenberg, Haas F1 Team, and Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Lando Norris, McLaren, and Oscar Piastri, McLaren, during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: The opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023, United States of America

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: The opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023, United States of America

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, and George Russell, Mercedes-AMG

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP

Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Thirty Seconds to Mars during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Opening of the Hartley Institution at Southampton by Lord Palmerston... 1862. Creator: Unknown

Opening of the Hartley Institution at Southampton by Lord Palmerston... 1862. Creator: Unknown
Opening of the Hartley Institution at Southampton by Lord Palmerston [the British prime minister]: the theatre - the town clerk reading the address of the corporation to His Lordship, 1862

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The opening of the Hartley Institution at Southampton by Lord Palmerston... 1862. Creator: Unknown

The opening of the Hartley Institution at Southampton by Lord Palmerston... 1862. Creator: Unknown
The opening of the Hartley Institution at Southampton by Lord Palmerston: arrival of His Lordship at the Institution, 1862

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Opening of the International Exhibition Building: the procession forming in the South... 1862

Opening of the International Exhibition Building: the procession forming in the South... 1862. Creator: Unknown
Opening of the International Exhibition Building, [South Kensington, London]: the procession forming in the South Central Court, 1862

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The International Exhibition: view from the orchestra on the opening day - from a photo... 1862

The International Exhibition: view from the orchestra on the opening day - from a photo... 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: view from the orchestra on the opening day - from a photograph by the London Stereoscopic Company

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Opening of the International Exhibition: Earl Granville presenting the address to the Duke... 1862

Opening of the International Exhibition: Earl Granville presenting the address to the Duke... 1862
Opening of the International Exhibition: Earl Granville presenting the address to the Duke of Cambridge - from a photograph by the London Stereoscopic Company

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Steve Aoki during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday November 15, 2023

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Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, and George Russell, Mercedes-AMG

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP

Formula 1 2023: Las Vegas GP
STREETS OF LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NOVEMBER 15: Lando Norris, McLaren, and Oscar Piastri, McLaren, during the opening ceremony during the Las Vegas GP at Streets of Las Vegas

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The Royal Albert Hall, 1871: Opened by Queen Victoria, March 29, (1901). Creator: Unknown

The Royal Albert Hall, 1871: Opened by Queen Victoria, March 29, (1901). Creator: Unknown
The Royal Albert Hall, 1871: Opened by Queen Victoria, March 29, (1901). Queen Victoria (1819-1901) opening the concert hall in South Kensington, London

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, 1851: Opened by Queen Victoria, May 1, 1901. Creator: Unknown

The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, 1851: Opened by Queen Victoria, May 1, 1901. Creator: Unknown
The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, 1851: Opened by Queen Victoria, May 1, (1901). Queen Victoria (1819-1901) opening the Great Exhibition in the purpose-built Crystal Palace in Londons Hyde Park

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Tsar Nicholas II speaking at the opening of the first Duma, St Petersburg, Russia, 27 April 1906

Tsar Nicholas II speaking at the opening of the first Duma, St Petersburg, Russia, 27 April 1906. The Duma, the elected legislative assembly of the Russian Empire

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The visit to Liverpool of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

The visit to Liverpool of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to officially open the International Garden Festival held from 2nd May to 14th October 1984

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The visit to Liverpool of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

The visit to Liverpool of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to officially open the International Garden Festival held from 2nd May to 14th October 1984

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: The new Coffee House Bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Bootle

The new Coffee House Bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Bootle, after the official opening by Alderman S. Mahon. 17th December 1937

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers, Division Two league match at the Alfred McAlpine

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers, Division Two league match at the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Saturday 20th August 1994. Inaugural match at the new stadium. Opening Ceremony

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Princess Margaret in car as she drove through Poplar to open a Community Centre

Princess Margaret in car as she drove through Poplar to open a Community Centre October 1955

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Rocket Man man arrives on a

Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Rocket Man man arrives on a jet pack

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Minister of Eductaion Maggie Thatcher opens the Netherley Comprehensive schools in

Minister of Eductaion Maggie Thatcher opens the Netherley Comprehensive schools in Liverpool May 1971

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Freddie Trueman at the new Saxon Motor hotel, Ainley Top, Huddersfield

Freddie Trueman at the new Saxon Motor hotel, Ainley Top, Huddersfield, to take part in the opening ceremony. He declared open the Sportsmans bar, and is seen with left

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: King Edward VII. And Queen Alexandra at the Opening of His Majestys First Parliament, 1901

King Edward VII. And Queen Alexandra at the Opening of His Majestys First Parliament, 1901
King Edward VII. And Queen Alexandra at the Opening of His Majestys First Parliament, February 14, 1901. Edward VII (1841-1910) and Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) in ceremonial ermine

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Queen Mary at Bedford College, London, 1913, (1935). Creator: Unknown

Queen Mary at Bedford College, London, 1913, (1935). Creator: Unknown
Queen Mary at Bedford College, London, 1913, (1935). Staff and students curtseying to Queen Mary of Teck (1867-1953). Another aspect of the great movement for the emancipation of women was the steady

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Opening of the Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool, 18 July 1934, (1935). Creator: Unknown

Opening of the Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool, 18 July 1934, (1935). Creator: Unknown
Opening of the Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool, 18 July 1934, (1935). King George V opens the Queensway Tunnel, a road tunnel under the River Mersey, between Liverpool and Birkenhead

Background imageOpening Ceremony Collection: Study for the Opening of the Royal Exchange by Queen Victoria, London, c1891

Study for the Opening of the Royal Exchange by Queen Victoria, London, c1891, showing the Queen and Prince Albert inside the building with people bowing and curtsying to them

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QUEENSWAY TUNNEL, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside. A view from Old Haymarket showing crowds gathered to watch the opening of the Queensway Tunnel



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From Super Bowl spectacles to historic Olympic moments, opening ceremonies have always been a grand display of talent and excitement. Just like Prince's unforgettable halftime show at the 2007 Super Bowl or his iconic performance at the 1956 Winter Olympic Games in Italy, these events leave an indelible mark on our memories. Even as far back as Tsar Nicholas II attending the first Duma's opening ceremony in St Petersburg in 1906, we can see how important these gatherings are for politics and royalty alike. But it's not just about famous faces and prestigious occasions. Opening ceremonies also bring together beloved entertainers like Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, who were joined by Miss Great Britain Carolyn Moore in their delightful performances. And let's not forget about Red Rum, the legendary Grand National winner who made a grand entrance at the opening of the Rum Runner nightclub not once but three times. Whether it's a sports event or a community gathering like the opening of Eltham's Congregational Church in Kent back in 1938, there is something truly magical about witnessing beginnings unfold before our eyes. These ceremonies symbolize unity, celebration, and new possibilities that lie ahead. So next time you find yourself immersed in an opening ceremony - be it on TV or right there among the crowd - take a moment to appreciate its significance, and is through these captivating displays that we come together as one, embracing shared experiences and creating lasting memories.