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Royals surprised by queen during Opening Ceremony

Oct 31, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

So far we’ve learned two things from London 2012 chairman and two-time 1500m gold medalist Sebastian Coe’s autobiography: the queen is excellent at keeping secrets and no one in the royal family is reading OlympicTalk… like at all.

In “Running My Life,” which we assume is brimming with modesty and understatement, Coe recounts sitting with the Royals during London’s Opening Ceremony and enjoying their surprise at seeing the queen and James Bond on screen together.

“With the corgis racing up what were obviously very familiar stairs, Prince Charles looked at me and began laughing rather nervously, wondering where on earth this was going,” Coe writes in the book, due out Nov. 8. “But the moment she turned around, and everyone realized, ‘My God! It really is the Queen!’ he began roaring with laughter.” Then Will and Henry apparently shouted “Go granny!” as her double leapt from the helicopter high above the stadium.

We admittedly didn’t know exactly how the queen would be involved in video (rumors included Bond being knighted), but we detailed her involvement a couple times before the Games, so we can only assume Prince Charles doesn’t have his priorities straight when it comes to online Olympic reading.

The three-hour shoot took place back in March in Queen Elizabeth II’s private study and involved more than 130 crew members, as well as Daniel Craig, who was near completion on the new Bond film, “Skyfall.”

If you missed the queen’s appearance you can see it here in all its glory: