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Celtic Park hosts Queen Elizabeth for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

40,000 people packed into Celtic’s home ground to get the 20th Games under way.

Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park tonight. Source: Dominic Lipinski

THE OPENING CEREMONY for the 20th Commonwealth Games got underway in front of a 40,000 capacity crowd bathed in sunshine at Celtic Park, Glasgow tonight.

The 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.

Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony Scottish pipers. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Queen Elizabeth II will officially open the Games during the ceremony and will also read out a message that has been secretly kept inside the Queen’s baton which has been paraded around 70 Commonwealth nations for the past nine months.

Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony Queen Elizabeth arrives. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

There will also be a tribute to the 298 people who died in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, 82 of whom were from Commonwealth nations.

Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony Rod Stewart performed on the night. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

World-renowned Scottish singers Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle will perform live, whilst six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy, former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will also make an appearance.

Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony Comedian Billy Connolly was also in attendance. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

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