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Commonwealth Games 2018 opening ceremony: As it happened

After a glittering ceremony at the Carrara Stadium, where the Games were declared open by Prince Charles, focus now shifts to action in the competition arena starting Thursday.

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 18:19
Indian contingent, led by its flagbearer PV Sindhu, at the CWG 2018 Parade of Nations (PTI)

After a glittering ceremony at the Carrara Stadium, where the Games were declared open by Prince Charles, focus now shifts to action in the competition arena starting Thursday.

4 April 2018, 18:14 PM

With a round of pyrotechnics lighting up the Carrara Stadium, the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games concludes. 

But before leaving you, here's the DAY 1 SCHEDULE OF INDIA as the competition kicks off on Thursday.

We will be back with all the live updates from the CWG when the action begins tomorrow. Do join us back. Till then, good bye! 

4 April 2018, 18:03 PM

4 April 2018, 18:02 PM

Charles, Prince of Wales, declares the 2018 Commonwealth Games open.

4 April 2018, 17:53 PM

The baton reaches the hands of its final bearer Sally Pearson who hands it over for the message to be taken out and read.

4 April 2018, 17:51 PM

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4 April 2018, 17:43 PM

The Queens Baton is inside the arena now as the Games move closer to be officially 'Opened'

4 April 2018, 17:27 PM

The CGF Ceremonial Flag is being carried into the arena by some of the celebrated CWG athletes. 

4 April 2018, 17:20 PM

The Parad of Nations at the Opening Ceremony has concluded as the cultural performances resume.

4 April 2018, 17:08 PM

A huge cheer as hosts and the most powerful Commonwealth sports nation, Australia, make their way into the stadium led by their hockey great Mark Knowles and welcomed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 

4 April 2018, 17:06 PM

You won't see may flagbearers doing that, but the Nauru flagbearer is having a ball

4 April 2018, 16:49 PM

4 April 2018, 16:47 PM

And here comes India, led by badminton ace PV Sindhu as the flagbearer. India's best show at the CWG was in 2010 Games in Delhi when they won 101 medals in all to end up second on the medals tally. 

4 April 2018, 16:45 PM

The Asian Continent's parade begins with Bangladesh.

4 April 2018, 16:42 PM

The entry of nations in the March Past is continent-wise. The African continent nations have just finished their march and now is the turn of squads from the American continent, led by Belize and followed by Canada - another CWG powerhouse.  

4 April 2018, 16:36 PM

Photo Courtesy: CGF Twitter

Photo Courtesy: CGF Twitter

4 April 2018, 16:32 PM

4 April 2018, 16:29 PM

Ghana make their way into the stadium, and their contingent includes a 14-year-old swimmer named Rebecca.

4 April 2018, 16:26 PM

Interesting innovation in terms of the signboard on which the contingent's name is displayed - it's a surfboard. And the announcer is standing atop a lifeguard tower. Enough to remind you are in Gold Coast. 

4 April 2018, 16:20 PM

A huge cheer for the English contingent as it enters the stadium. England have regularly been among the top three, if not at the top, in the CWG medals tally. 

4 April 2018, 16:17 PM

The Athletes' March Past begins: It is being led by the last edition's hosts Scotland

4 April 2018, 16:11 PM

Still some time before the athletes' march past begins; however, the Indian contingent (hockey stars PR Sreejesh and SV Sunil in the below picture) can't wait to enter the stadium.


4 April 2018, 16:09 PM

4 April 2018, 16:07 PM

The journey of Queen's Baton Relay being displayed on the big screen at the Carrara Stadium.

4 April 2018, 16:03 PM

India's flagbearer PV Sindhu (centre) is ready to lead the contingent

4 April 2018, 15:52 PM

The performances are being held in a big circle made in the centre of the stadium with an excellent light show. The theme of the ceremony seems to be the 'ísland home'. One after the other, the Australian culture, the evolution of mankind is being portrayed through the different ages. From past to the future.  

4 April 2018, 15:44 PM

And we have kicked off. The ceremony begins with a nicely shot video of the citizens of Gold Coast welcoming people from the world to their home. Australian actor Jeff Thomson starts the proceedings with a demonstration of how the world was born and how the entire landmass was formed into different continents. A live performance follows with the tribal colour of Australia mesmerising the crowd in the stadium. The use of tribal music instruments gives the music a surreal feel to it.   

4 April 2018, 15:30 PM

It is heavily raining in the Carrara Stadium where the opening ceremony is going to take place in a few minutes. But the downpour isn't affecting the enthusiasm of the crowd as they are braving it with their rain coats on. Here are some of the photos of the crowd which is making way to the stadium to witness the grand event. 


4 April 2018, 15:23 PM

It seems there is still some time for the opening ceremony to commence. Here are some links to the run-up to the event stories that we have covered. 

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Stay tuned..