LONDON — Britain opened its Olympics with a royal entrance like no other during the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday night.

London greeted the world in a celebration of Old England that was stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic and cheeky, even featuring a stand-in for Queen Elizabeth II parachuting into Olympic Stadium.

Moments later, the 86-year-old monarch herself stood solemnly while a children’s choir serenaded her with “God Save the Queen,” and members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack.

Here are images from Friday’s opening ceremony.