September 27, 2022

Lord Sebastian Coe has informed talkSPORT that Queen Elizabeth II was the ‘ace within the pack’ in London’s profitable bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Her Majesty reigned as sovereign for 70 years earlier than her passing on Thursday on the age of 96, and lots of tales are actually being recounted of the superb impression she had on the UK.

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Her Majesty formally opened the London 2012 Olympics on the opening ceremony

In trendy occasions, the London 2012 Olympics is fondly remembered as one of many nation’s best moments.

Queen Elizabeth II performed an amusing position within the opening ceremony as she ‘jumped out of a helicopter’ as a part of a well-known sketch with James Bond earlier than formally declaring the video games open.

Nonetheless, not many pay very a lot consideration to her position in serving to London to win its bid and host the Olympic within the first place.

On Friday, Lord Coe, who was chairman of the bid, joined talkSPORT and defined: “The idea is at all times that the laborious grind was delivering the video games over seven years.

“However truly that actual laborious graft was getting London throughout the road within the first place.

“As a result of if you happen to bear in mind we had been up in opposition to Paris, Madrid, New York, Moscow – enormous world cities that had staged the video games earlier than.

Lord Coe escorted Queen Elizabeth II to see the developments of the project on many occasions

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Lord Coe escorted Queen Elizabeth II to see the developments of the challenge on many events

“I assume the actual fact that on the event when the analysis committee got here by London – and that’s a sobering second, they arrive by every metropolis that’s bidding, they problem you in your prospectus.

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“And we had the ace within the pack due to course Her Majesty, she not solely hosted the IOC and people members [at Buckingham Palace], however she additionally – completely to our shock and utterly unscripted – went to the balcony and waved their coach goodbye because it left the palace precincts.

“There may be not one other metropolis on the planet that might supply that type of dedication.

“I appeared within the faces of all these IOC members and officers that had been going to make a judgement about London and you possibly can see simply the admiration and the impression that made that evening.

The Queen has sadly passed away at the age of 96

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The Queen has sadly handed away on the age of 96

“She was an inseparable a part of serving to us get throughout the road after which completely resolute in her help of the video games and each step of the supply.

“It was common for me to have the privilege of escorting her round an Olympic park.

“And it wasn’t simply an Olympic park she got here to when it was accomplished, she was fascinated by the way in which it modified the panorama in East London.”