Commonwealth games opening ceremony at Glasgow
The much awaited Commonwealth games had a colorful beginning at Celtic Park yesterday in Glasgow when the Queen opened the games in front of a huge audience of 40,000 and million others watching the event streaming on TV.
Athletes from almost 71 countries took part in the games and there was also a live show with about 2,000 of them in it. She read her own message inside the Commonwealth baton and declared that the Games are open.
It was noticed that almost 9.42 million people watched the TV during the opening ceremony with at least a 7.6 million users watching the ceremony. The usual number of people watching TV during this time is just 27.3 million.
The baton was brought to Celtic Park in a seaplane by adventurer Mark Beaumont which was landed on Glasgow’s river Clyde. The baton has crossed the Commonwealth countries in 288 days and crossing almost 120,000 miles. The baton was passed by a volunteer group which helps children find their potential.
The Queen during her speech 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.”
She also conveyed her wishes to all the athletes taking part in the Games. India received a warm welcome in the ceremony as the previous Commonwealth Games was held in India in 2010. The rest of the nations arrived at the stage according to their geographical location.
Commonwealth Games will include 17 sports held in 11 days and the closing ceremony will be on 3rd August.