Queen declares Games open

Queen declares Games open

The Commonwealth Games is getting under way with the opening ceremony in Glasgow

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is under way

The Queen has officially opened the 20th Commonwealth Games

Team Scotland athletes Georgina Black and Sophie Smyth visit the Commonwealth Games plaza at George Square in Glasgow City centre

Dancers dressed as Tunnock's teacakes were among the performers

Excitement is building ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Performers create the Loch Ness monster during the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

The Queen arrived at Celtic Park with the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen arrives during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

The Prince of Wales meets members of the Wales badminton team during a visit to the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Team Scotland's Euan Burton with a Scotland flag in Glasgow ahead of the Commonwealth Games

Some of the cyclists who has been selected to represent Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow.

Members of Team Fiji hold the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton in the Team Fiji camp at the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village in Glasgow

Team England swimmers Nick Grainger, Eleanor Faulkner, Ben Proud, Amy Smith, and Lewis Coleman

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The Queen has formally declared the 20th Commonwealth Games open following a colourful ceremony at Glasgow's Celtic Park.

The head of the Commonwealth spoke of the "bonds that unite" the 71 nations and territories when she delivered her message which has travelled the world inside the Games baton.

There was a brief moment of embarrassment when the baton containing the Queen's message refused to open for Prince Imran of Malaysia, the president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, to release the manuscript. But Sir Chris Hoy, who had carried the baton to the prince, instinctively came to the rescue.

There were then loud cheers and applause as the Queen declared the competition open.

The baton was brought into the arena by a young girl who, in an earlier clip promoting the work of Unicef, stressed the importance of access to education for all Commonwealth children.

Grassroots volunteers from the world of sport then passed the baton to one another, and an emotional Sir Chris was given the honour of delivering it to the Royal Box.

The cycling legend received the baton from his 97-year-old great uncle Andy Coogan, who he credits with encouraging him to get involved in the sport.

Having handed the baton to Prince Imran, Sir Chris then stepped in to help when he had difficulty releasing the message.

The Queen said: "The baton relay represents a calling together of people from every part of the Commonwealth and serves as a reminder of our shared ideals and ambitions as a diverse, resourceful and cohesive family.

''And now, that baton has arrived here in Glasgow, a city renowned for its dynamic cultural and sporting achievements and for the warmth of its people, for this opening ceremony of the Friendly Games.''

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