2012 Olympics is heavy on royals, light on stars

Musician Mick Jagger, left, watches an evening session of athletics competition with designer L'Wren Scott, right, in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 6, 2012, in London. Matt Slocum/AP

Musician Mick Jagger, left, watches an evening session of athletics competition with L'Wren Scott, right, in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 6, 2012, in London.
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(CBS/AP) LONDON - The 2012 London Olympics may be flush with royal titles, but it's relatively empty of star power.

Even the A-listers who do attend, like actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban, who were at the opening ceremony, have managed to bypass photographers and keep a low profile.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger dropped by Olympic Stadium Monday to watch some track and field. It didn't help Britain's medal count, but it reassured celebrity-watchers worried that the world's biggest sporting event might be lacking in star power.

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Jagger was photographed chatting with London games chief Sebastian Coe.

Both former Beatle Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella have been photographed at the stadium in the last week. Stella McCartney designed the uniforms for the U.K. team, including the sparkly red and blue leotards worn by the British gymnastics team.

Soccer star David Beckham has been seen at Olympic events, chatting up the royal princes and, on at least one occasion, entertaining one of his sons.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was spotted at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday. Billionaire Bill Gates has attended events including table tennis and beach volleyball.

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon watched water polo with former Olympian Carl Lewis. Other former Olympians on hand included decathlete Bruce Jenner, the father figure on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"; speed skater and "DWTS" champ Apolo Anton Ohno; diver Greg Louganis; and swimmer Amanda Beard.

When it comes to royalty, however, there has been a heavy presence at the Games .

Monaco is represented by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, both former Olympians, and the many Danish royals at the Games, including the queen and crown prince, are making their home on a royal yacht moored on the Thames.

Sweden has sent its hunky bachelor prince Carl Philip, accompanied by Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, who used to be a physical trainer. Saudi royals are competing in the games as well as watching them. Deposed Greek King Constantine and his wife are familiar figures in the Olympic venues, as is orange-clad Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his family.

The British royals, especially the younger ones, have been seen all over the Olympic Games this year and they are not shy with photographers. Pictures of a cheering Prince William, his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and his brother, Prince Harry, appear in the British press daily.

Only the Spanish royal family is among the missing. Even though King Juan Carlos and Crown Prince Felipe are former Olympic sailors, the economic downturn in Spain has left the royal family unwilling to spend money on a trip to London.

  • CBS News Staff

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