Royal preview of 'green and pleasant' land created for Olympics

A 'green and pleasant' land, complete with a menagerie of 70 sheep and three cows will be created inside the Olympic stadium for the London 2012 opening ceremony.

This is the vision of filmmaker Danny Boyle, the man behind the £27-million spectacular, who plans to transform the venue into the 'British countryside'. 

The set will feature meadows, fields and rivers, families taking picnics, sports on the village green and farmers tilling the soil.

It was also include real grass, an oak tree and 'clouds' suspended from wires above the stadium, one of which will produce rain – provided the British weather doesn’t get there first.

Danny – who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire and also directed Trainspotting – has said the show is inspired by Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

This week Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were invited to see the fruits of his labour.

They also saw costumes that will feature in the ceremony, meeting with volunteers trying on their outfits in Bow, close to Stratford’s Olympic Park.

"Is this the first time you've put it on?" the Prince asked one man. "I love it!"