In the build up to the Paralympics, British politics has been suspiciously devoid of high-profile gaffes. Boris hasn’t launched himself across a zip wire and Jeremy Hunt has been steering well clear of all bell-like objects. Alas, a national event wouldn’t sit right with the viewing public without a major hoo-ha from a governmental figure. Luckily former Tory minister @Edwina_Currie has stepped up to the plate with:
"Italians are gorgeous even in wheelchairs. Love 'em"
Unfortunately for Mrs Currie, her patronising remark prompted a torrent of abuse which she spent much of the evening attempting to field.
Her Maj may have kept a stern expression for much of the evening, but that did not stop her unofficial Twitter account (@Queen_UK) supplying her 900,000 followers with a constant stream of humorous remarks, including a witty reference to Prince Harry’s mysterious absence from the royal enclosure.
"Can't understand why Prince Harry isn't here. One gave him the date and he said he had nothing on. #c4paralympics"
And finally, for those who enjoyed last night’s festivities, you were in good company as fans and athletes alike took to Twitter to express their sentiments.
Groundbreaking double-amputee @OscarPistorious - who recently became the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics – carried South Africa’s flag into the stadium before tweeting,
"Such a spectacular evening at the London #Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony! What an honour it was to carry my flag!"