The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off with a bang! Thursday July 28, at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, the international sports tournament, which brings together more than 70 member countries of the Commonwealth, began in style with the opening ceremony led by Prince Charles. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, now blocking his movements, the Prince of Wales replaced him, with the help of his wife Camilla.
It was at the wheel of his 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante convertible that Prince Charles made his grand entrance, the Duchess of Cornwall in the passenger seat. A car that is well known to the public, as Prince William drove it during his marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011. This collector’s car is even more unique as it uses wine and cheese to some extent! A surprising technique pioneered by the Prince of Wales, an environmentalist from the start.
After his grand entrance, the heir to the throne took the floor to read a message written by his Queen mother… nine months ago. The 96-year-old monarch had actually put a signed word on the baton of the Games, which left Buckingham Palace and arrived in Birmingham on Thursday evening after traveling through 72 participating nations.
“Once again we start a new journey”
“In the last 294 days he has not only carried my message, but the hopes and dreams of every nation and region he has passed through, on his way to Birmingham. Over the years, bringing so many people together for the “Friendly Games” has created a memorable collective experience, establishing lasting relationships and even creating friendly rivalries! Most importantly, they remind us of our relationship with each other, wherever we are in the world, as members of the Commonwealth family of nations.
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Then Elizabeth II added: “Tonight, in the words of the founder of the Games, we once again begin a new journey here in Birmingham, a pioneering city that has attracted and embraced so many people throughout its history. . It is a city that symbolizes the rich diversity and unity of the Commonwealth, and which now welcomes you all in friendship. My sincere thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to make this special sporting event possible, and I wish every athlete and team every success. Your hard work and dedication, especially lately, has been an inspiration to us all. It is now my greatest pleasure to declare the 22nd Commonwealth Games open.”