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Queen surprises athletes in Olympic Village tour

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Great Britain's athletes were left delighted after Queen Elizabeth II continued her own London 2012 Olympic experience by visiting the Games Village.

After playing a starring role alongside James Bond in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed opening ceremony, Her Majesty toured the village with 150 members of the British Olympic Association as well as London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe.

The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh as she was shown around the residential block and dining hall by BOA chairman Lord Colin Moynihan, with chef de mission Andy Hunt also present.

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Rose Anders, who plays guard for Great Britain women's basketball team was one of the athletes blown away by seeing the Queen on her visit.

She said: "She was absolutely brilliant. I was completely in awe. What a great thing for her to come through the Village, meet the athletes and see where we are living.

"This is the first Olympics for us as a British women's basketball team ever. To come from last night and the opening ceremony, which will never be topped, and now another experience, which will never be topped, is amazing."

Andrew Pink, who plays for Britain's men's volleyball, believes the reaction to Her Majesty's visit is another example of how everyone has been brought together for the Games.

He said: "Everybody in the country seems to be pulling together. You can really feel the passion of the country behind us, and to have this visit was just amazing. It was very special."

© Sportsbeat 2012

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