The last time the British did this, they had a king: George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth, was on the throne.
George was so often tongue-tied, yet he proclaimed open the 1948 London Olympics flawlessly.
It was late July. The sun shone down on London from a cloudless sky. The BBC had acquired the TV broadcasting rights for just $4,000 and made the most of them.
People packed Wembley Stadium, eager to forget the horrors of the second world war.