PeDe for proof there were indeed royals at the Opening Ceremony - the director of the show didn't manage to cut to Wax (but it did show our PM, with an unknown lady at his side which I guess/hope was his interpreter) when the Dutch entered the stadium.
I watched the show on my laptop - with very little comment by the Dutch host, so grateful about this. I wasn't blown off my feet, but the show was rather elegant in a positive way, on a human scale, with impressive choreography and lighting effects. Gisele beating the catwalk Olympic record was, well, kinda fun, but it would've been even more powerful if the diversity of (female) Brasilian beauty had been emphasized, e.g. she would have been joined by a throng of poweful women. The Dutch commenter did not gloss over the conquistadores (or whatever the Portuguese conquest is called), nor about the influx of slaves (and why), the influx of Japanese etc. He called it for what it was. Also the global warmng theme - no comments, just the explanation provided by the organising committee - and no ads either. However I did fall asleep eventually and missed the flame.
we're Lucky in Holland because our national broadcaster has one channel on TV dedicated to the OS with very little ads, and 12 or 13 (!!) live streams of all the sports (most without comments though). it's easy to flip between channels and so I watched the last shots in the first final of the day Women's 10 m Air rifle. Won by an American girl btw. It's fun to see a sport that's unknown to me and how the development of it (material, equipment match routine) is at such a high level. The winners got their medals from Bach - nice gesture.