Viewers around the world were shocked when it seemingly appeared that Queen Elizabeth jumped out of a helicopter and into the Olympic Park stadium on Friday night’s Opening Ceremony extravaganza.
But it didn’t take eagle-eyed watchers long to figure that the real queen was actually in their presence, emerging into the stadium to cheers and applause.
So who was the person who actually jumped out of the helicopter? It’s actually a he– Gary Connery, to be exact.
Connery made history a few months ago for being the first skydiver to safely land without a parachute, and he revealed he trained for months to ensure the show-stopping gueen’s “jump” was pure perfection.
According to reports, Connery was “sewn into a copy of the salmon dress the Queen was wearing” that night, then flown to a local airport where he and Sutton boarded the helicopter that took them to the stadium, the Mail said. They jumped at 800 feet, opened their parachutes at 500 feet, and steered away from the park, landing on a nearby bridge.
He told the British newspaper that he only had one regret about that night: “I really wanted to keep the dress, but I wasn’t allowed. It would have looked great on a night out.”