Commonwealth Games open in colourful, moving ceremony
Published on Jul 24, 2014 6:43 AM
GLASGOW (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday after a moving and colourful ceremony staged at the famed home of Celtic football club.
The 20th Commonwealth Games will feature 17 sports across 11 days of competition with more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations competing, making the event the biggest Scotland has ever hosted.
Amongst the colour, there was a sombre, immaculately-observed minute's silence to remember the 298 people who died in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster.
Eighty-two of the victims were from Commonwealth nations.
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