Queen Elizabeth II has opened the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games by reading a message which she wrote almost a year ago.
Her message was placed in the baton which has been carried by fans in a 10-month relay across the Commonwealth.
Joining her was the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, her eldest son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her youngest son the Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Rod Stewart, John Barrowman, and Susan Boyle were among some of the Scottish entertainers who performed for the sell-out crowd in Glasgow”s Celtic Park.
The British Prime Minister David Cameron was also in attendance along with 2012 Olympic champions Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu, and Greg Rutherford.
The British royals will visit on the 28 and 29 July during which there will be swimming, athletics, gymnastics, and shooting for them to choose from.
Athletes such as Bradley Wiggins, Nicola Adams, and the Brownlee brothers, all of whom are hoping to win medals at the 2014 Glasgow games also attended the opening ceremony.
Around 4,500 sportsmen and women are expected to take part in the 17 games on offer at the Games, which runs from 23 July until 3 August.
Scotland”s six-time Olympic and double Commonwealth champion Sir Chris Hoy said of the Games beforehand: “[They will be] the biggest and best Commonwealth Games we”ve ever seen.”
Michael Jamison, who won silver in the 2012 Olympics and is hoping for gold at the Commonwealth Games added: “You can already see there”s a buzz around the city. It”s known as the friendly Games for a reason. It just has such a great feel about it.”