The Duchess of Cambridge will be celebrating at the after-party of the year in the Olympic Stadium tonight as she prepares to continue her final role as Olympic Ambassador. The ‘History of Art’ graduate has attended twenty events personally witnessing Great Britain take five gold medals.This included watching, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray win gold during the highlight of the events.
William and Harry were present at 13 and 11 Olympic sessions respectively. Both Kate and William were present for the record breaking night of British athletics, in the Olympic Stadium, when Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford won gold in the heptathlon, 10,000 metres and long jump. She was also at Wimbledon when Andy Murray won the men’s singles tennis competition, against his nemesis Roger Federer , to whom he lost the Wimbledon final this year. The Duchess also made an appearence at the ExCel to see Nicola Adams become the first woman in history to win an Olympic boxing title, an evening that caught her grimacing at the event.
The Closing Ceremony where top priced tickets were available at £1,500 a pop, is set to be every bit as inspiring as the superb opening show directed by Danny Boyle two weeks ago. Bands expected to perform include The Who, Muse, Take That, Madness, Queen, George Michael, The Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys and Liam Gallagher performing the Oasis hit Wonderwall. More than 4,100 performers will take part, including 3,500 volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the Games’s six host boroughs. The concert opens with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody followed by John Lennon’s Imagine, which is expected played by the Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choir. Singer Kate Bush will also make a rare appearance, one of just a handful since her 1979 live tour. Eric Idle is expected to sing the Monty Python song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst will return to their roles of Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, with their Reliant Robin van reportedly being blown up in a sequence in which they pretend to be Batman and Robin. Kim Gavin, the artistic director, said in a press conference: “This will be the best after-show party there’s ever been.” Talking about the jumble of music they had put together, he said: “It’s a mashed-up symphony and the symphonies go in all sorts of different directions.”
The spectacle will end with Designer Thomas Heatherwick’s iconic Olympic cauldron extinguished as Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell performs a rendition to the Spirit Of The Flame. The torch will then be handed over to Brazil for the start of the 2016 games. Eight minutes of the show will be set aside to allow Rio to show what it can do. The grand finale will see the 60’s rock band The Who performing, while a a spectacular fireworks display gets under way.