Commonwealth Games 2018 opening ceremony

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today arrived in Brisbane for the start of a tour of Australia and to officially open the 2018 Commonwealth Games on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

On arriving in Brisbane, Their Royal Highnesses were received by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at Old Government House. The Prince and The Duchess signed the visitors’ book before His Royal Highness inspected the Guard of Honour.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall then visited the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to learn about Juiced TV which is a TV show made by children, for other youngsters in the hospital. The aim of the show is to benefit their health and wellbeing while in hospital.

Their Royal Highnesses met Abi Head, a 13 -year-old Juiced TV star and founder of Juiced TV and Philippa Russell, who founded the TV station and is the 2018 Queensland Australian of the Year Award winner.

Their Royal Highnesses then attended a reception on the Gold Coast ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, as guests of the Governor-General. There they met various other guests including The King of Tonga.

In the evening, The Prince and The Duchess attended the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2018.

During the opening ceremony, The Prince of Wales read a message from Her Majesty The Queen, which has travelled around the Commonwealth from London to Australia in The Queen's Baton.

His Royal Highness said:

"My wife and I could not be more delighted to be able to join all of you here on the Gold Coast this evening - and the many millions of you who are watching from your homes across the Commonwealth - for this spectacular Opening Ceremony of the twenty-first Commonwealth Games."

 

Read The Prince's speech including The Queen's message.

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