In Pics: Spectacular ceremony opens Commonwealth Games 2014

Jul 24, 2014, 05:07 AM IST
A message is displayed on a wall of video screen during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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A message is displayed on a wall of video screen during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks on as British former Olympian cyclist Chris Hoy, left, and Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation struggle to open the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks on as British former Olympian cyclist Chris Hoy, left, and Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation struggle to open the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

India’s flag bearer Vijay Kumar leads his team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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India’s flag bearer Vijay Kumar leads his team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Athletes from St Lucia wave as they walk around the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Athletes from St Lucia wave as they walk around the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

South African athletes react as they arrive in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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South African athletes react as they arrive in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Queen's Baton is shown to the crowd as it arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The Queen's Baton is shown to the crowd as it arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Singer Rod Stewart, left, performs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Singer Rod Stewart, left, performs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Performers dance as fireworks explode above them at the end of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Performers dance as fireworks explode above them at the end of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Commonwealth Games flag is carried into the arena by former athletes including Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, right, during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
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The Commonwealth Games flag is carried into the arena by former athletes including Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, right, during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

A video wall of faces on screen are displayed during a UNICEF appeal at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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A video wall of faces on screen are displayed during a UNICEF appeal at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

A message is displayed on a wall of video screen during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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A message is displayed on a wall of video screen during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Fireworks explode during the flag raising at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Fireworks explode during the flag raising at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fireworks explode over the river Clyde as they mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow.
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Fireworks explode over the river Clyde as they mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow.

Fireworks explode over the river Clyde as they mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow.
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Fireworks explode over the river Clyde as they mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow.

Fireworks explode over the river Clyde as they mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014.
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Fireworks explode over the river Clyde as they mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014.

Sir Chris Hoy holds up the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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Sir Chris Hoy holds up the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reads the message from the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reads the message from the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Entertainer John Barrowman, top centre, performs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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Entertainer John Barrowman, top centre, performs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

The Queen's Baton is shown to the crowd as it arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
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The Queen's Baton is shown to the crowd as it arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Team Scotland enter the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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Team Scotland enter the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

A host carries a Scottish Terrier during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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A host carries a Scottish Terrier during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Singer Rod Stewart, second right, performs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
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Singer Rod Stewart, second right, performs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Performers dance with an effigy of the Loch Ness Monster during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
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Performers dance with an effigy of the Loch Ness Monster during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

South Africa’s flag bearer Cecil Sebastian Afrika leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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South Africa’s flag bearer Cecil Sebastian Afrika leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

New Zealand’s flag bearer Valerie Adams leads her team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
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New Zealand’s flag bearer Valerie Adams leads her team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Australia’s flag bearer Anna Meares leads the Australian team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Australia’s flag bearer Anna Meares leads the Australian team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Malaysia’s flag bearer Muhammad Imaadi Aba Aziz during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Malaysia’s flag bearer Muhammad Imaadi Aba Aziz during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

India’s flag bearer Vijay Kumar leads his team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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India’s flag bearer Vijay Kumar leads his team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fireworks explode over the stadium at the end of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Fireworks explode over the stadium at the end of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.