Saturday 27 December 2014

Queen tells of 'shared ideals' at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Hilary Duncanson, Chief Reporter, Press Association Scotland

Published 23/07/2014 | 23:16

The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, as seen from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome roof, in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.
The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, as seen from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome roof, in Glasgow. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Australian competitors take photos as they arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. David Davies/PA Wire.
England's Nick Matthew carries the English flag and leads his team in during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
A competitor from the Solomon Islands holds a Celtic shirt as they arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. David Davies/PA Wire.
A dog is walked with the name 'Fiji' on as competitors arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. David Davies/PA Wire.
Australian competitors arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. David Davies/PA Wire.
Team Canada arrive for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Competitors from the British Virgin Islands during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. David Davies/PA Wire.
Members of England's team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Members of Canada's team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Members of Canada's team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Members of Australia's team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Members of the Canadian team arrive during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
An athlete from Papua New Guinea arrives in the stadium for the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
The fllag of England is carried by Nick Matthews as they arrive during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
The flag of England is carried by Nick Matthews as they arrive during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23
The flag of Canada is carried by Susan Nattrass as they arrive during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
The flag of Canada is carried by Susan Nattrass as they arrive during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Members of England's team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The Queen spoke of the "shared ideals and ambitions" of the Commonwealth when she delivered the message which has travelled the world in the Games' baton relay.

She highlighted the "bonds that unite" the 71 nations and territories when she formally declared the 20th Commonwealth Games open.

In an address directed at all the athletes competing in the Games, she made special reference to the young people of the Commonwealth, saying they are entrusted with its values and future.

The message, which was kept secret until tonight, has circled the globed over the last nine months, since the Queen placed the paper inside the baton which then visited all 71 locations.

Reading the message, the Queen said: "At Buckingham Palace last October I placed this message into the specially-crafted baton and passed it to the first of many thousands of baton-bearers. Over the past 288 days the baton has visited all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth, crossing every continent in a journey of more than 100,000 miles.

"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."

The Queen, in her role as head of the Commonwealth, sent her best wishes to the competing athletes when she addressed the opening ceremony at Glasgow's Celtic Park.

She said: "To you, the Commonwealth athletes, I send my good wishes for success in your endeavours. Your accomplishments over the coming days will encourage us all to strengthen the bonds that unite us. You remind us that young people, those under 25 years of age, make up half of our Commonwealth citizens; and it is to you that we entrust our values and our future.

"I offer my sincere thanks to the many organisations and volunteers who have worked diligently to bring these Games to fruition, and indeed to the spectators here in the stadium and to the millions watching on television. Together, you all play a part in strengthening our friendships in this modern and vibrant association of nations.

"It now gives me the greatest pleasure to declare the 20th Commonwealth Games open."

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