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Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

commonwealth.jpg - 255.55 KbThe XX Commonwealth Games was official opened by Her Majesty the Queen, on Wednesday July 23, 2014, at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Opening Ceremony wowed athletes, officials and a billion spectators around the world with an awesome display of all things Scottish to mark the official beginning of the XX Commonwealth Games.
As athletes arrived under their nation’s flag, the 40,000 spectators in Celtic park erupted into applause. 71 nations and territories are being represented at Glasgow 2014, with team sizes ranging from just one athlete for Brunei Darussalam to more than 640 for Australia.

The ceremony included outstanding performances from Scotland’s best musical talents and an appeal from UNICEF. Around 2,000 performers helped launch the Games, including Glasgow-born John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar. The opening number showcased what Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, including references to Gretna Green, Tunnocks tea cake and the Duke of Wellington statue. The Loch Ness Monster even made an appearance, as Barrowman serenaded it with “I believe in you.”

The performances also included Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and Nicola Benedetti.

The Commonwealth Games Flag was raised towards the end of the Ceremony. Her Majesty the Queen welcomed all athletes to Scotland in her much-anticipated speech in declaring the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games officially open.

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