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    11 Best Moments From The Paralympics Opening Ceremony

    Kate Middleton, aerialists, loads of fireworks, the Queen — no wonder this year's Paralympics in London is expected to be the most-watched ever.

    1. Aerialists

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    The theme was "enlightenment."

    2. A performance by Sir Ian McKellen

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    3. A man in a flaming skirt

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    That's Austrian dancer Ziya Azazi.

    4. A midair race

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    5. An umbrella boat

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    The ceremony represented a voyage on a "sea of ideas."

    6. The Queen

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    She looks unamused.

    7. Oscar Pistorius carrying the South African flag

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    8. Stephen Hawking as emcee

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    9. Kate Middleton and Prince William

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    They looked lovey-dovey. She wore a coat she's worn before.

    10. A giant sculpture

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    That's a giant version of Marc Quinn's "Alison Lapper Pregnant." Lapper is a British artist who was born without arms.

    11. And lots and lots of fireworks

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