The opening of the 2008 Olympics and the performances of athletes in the first days of the competition visited the leaders and representatives of the royal families of more than 80 states.
Among them - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, US President George W. Bush, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Chinese leader Hu Jintao, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Leticia, Israeli President Shimon Peres and others.
Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Leticia. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (Hu Jinato).
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discusses with US President George W. Bush (George W. Bush) the situation in South Ossetia.
George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger (Henry Kissinger) and George HW Bush.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (Nicolas Sarkozy) introduces Vladimir Putin and his son Louis.
Israeli President Shimon Peres (Shimon Peres) and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao and his wife.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his wife Sarah.
Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin (Jiang Zemin) at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Prince Albert of Monaco (Prince Albert) with a friend Charlene Wittstock (Charlene Wittstock), Olympic swimming champion from South Africa.
George W. Bush welcomes American basketball players during a match with the Chinese Olympic team.
An unexpected meeting George W. Bush and Bill Gates (Bill Gates) in the stands of the stadium, where the Olympic Games were held in basketball. Photos: Reuters, AP, AFP.