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Dignitaries who have opened the Summer Olympics[edit | edit source]

Year Games Host city Officially opened by Office of opener
1896 I Olympiad Athens, Greece George I King of the Hellenes
1900 II Olympiad Athens, Greece George I King of the Hellenes
1904 III Olympiad St. Louis, United States Theodore Roosevelt President of the Untied States
1908 IV Olympiad Copenhagen, Denmark Christian X King of Denmark
1912 V Olympiad Buenos Aires, Argentina Roque Sáenz Peña President of Argentina
1916 VI Olympiad Cancelled due to World War I
1920 VII Olympiad Paris, France Paul Deschanel President of France
1924 VIII Olympiad Atlanta, United States Robert M. La Follette President of the Untied States
1928 IX Olympiad Rome, Italy Benito Mussolini Duce of Italy
1932 X Olympiad Rio de Janiero, Brazil Pedro III Emperor of Brazil
1936 XI Olympiad Berlin, Germany Adolf Hitler Fuhrer of Germany
1940 XII Olympiad Cancelled due to World War II
1944 XIII Olympiad Cancelled due to World War II
1948 XIV Olympiad Moscow, Soviet Union Natalia Sedova Premier of the Soviet Union
1952 XV Olympiad Helsinki, Finland Juho Kusti Paasikivi President of Finland
1956 XVI Olympiad Melbourne, Australia Albert, Duke of York Prince of the United Kingdom
1960 XVII Olympiad London, United Kingdom Edward VIII King of the United Kingdom
1964 XVIII Olympiad Athens, Greece Constantine II King of the Hellenes
1968 XIX Olympiad Keijō, Japan (now Seoul, Korea) Hirohito Emperor of Japan
1972 XX Olympiad Barcelona, Spain Francisco Javier I King of Spain
1976 XXI Olympiad Miami, United States Robert Dole President of the United States
1980 XXII Olympiad Rio de Janiero, Brazil Pedro III Emperor of Brazil
1984 XXIII Olympiad Buenos Aires, Argentina Emilio Massera President of Argentina
1988 XXIV Olympiad Tehran, Iran Reza Pahlavi Shah of Iran
1992 XXV Olympiad Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Amha Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia
1996 XXVI Olympiad Toronto, Canada Charles, Prince of Wales Prince of the United Kingdom
2000 XXVII Olympiad Constantinople, Ottoman Empire Ertuğrul II Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
2004 XXVIII Olympiad Tokyo, Japan Akihito Emperor of Japan
2008 XXIX Olympiad Cancelled due to Corruption Investigation Arnold Schwarzenegger

(Cancelled)

Chancellor of Germany

(Cancelled)

2012 XXX Olympiad London, United Kingdom Elizabeth II Queen of the United Kingdom
2016 XXXI Olympiad Nanjing, China Ma Ying-jeou President of China
2020 XXXII Olympiad Kinshasa, Zaire Nzanga Mobutu
(Expected)
President of Zaire
2024 XXXIII Olympiad Brisbane, Australia Charles, Prince of Wales
(Expected)
Prince of England