Prior to London 2012 there had been considerable apprehension about Britain’s ability to stage an opening ceremony that could reach the standard set at the Beijing Summer Games of 2008. The 2008 ceremony had been noted for its scale, extravagance and expense, and hailed as the "greatest ever". It had cost £65m, whereas London spent an estimated £27m, which was nevertheless about twice the original budget. However, the ceremony was immediately seen as a tremendous success, widely praised as a "masterpiece" and "a love letter to Britain".
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