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Commonwealth Games open in Birmingham with impressive ceremony

BY: Sky Sports
Ghana's contingent participating in the opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium in Burmingham
Ghana's contingent participating in the opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium in Burmingham

The 22nd Commonwealth Games has officially got underway on Thursday evening with a huge opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium with Prince Charles watching from the stands.

Over the next 11 days, more than 5,000 athletes from a total of 72 nations will compete across 19 sports.

As the ceremony began, crowds cheered and whistled while performers danced and sang.

Opening ceremony fireworks

Fireworks display during the opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium

The ceremony aims to tell the story of the group as they discover Birmingham, meeting historical people from the city who are depicted with bizarre giant figures.

The first part of the show concluded with 72 houses appearing in the stadium, representing each of the nations competing this year.

A tribute has also been paid to the Queen for her leadership of the Commonwealth, with a combination of clips played showing various appearances and speeches about her role as the head of state.

Dancers performing

Dancers performing during the Opening Ceremony 

While she is not at the opening ceremony, Charles and Camilla are there to represent the Royal Family -- making quite the entrance by driving into the stadium in an Aston Martin.

After the competing athletes paraded into the ceremony, Olympian Tom Daley, who is not competing, appeared later in the Queen's Baton Relay and used his role to highlight LGBTQ+ rights.

He was joined by boxer Galal Yafai and gymnast Max Whitlock, who concluded the relay by handing the baton to Olympian Denise Lewis.

Team Ghana at the opening ceremony

Team Jamaica at the opening ceremony

Team Nigeria at the opening ceremony

Team Canada at the oprninfg ceremony