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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 08:28 GMT
Commonwealth Games photos

Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip

The Queen and Prince Phillip arrive at the opening ceremony for the 18th Commonwealth Games

Cathy Freeman

Former world champion and Sydney Olympic Australian legend, Cathy Freeman proudly attends Melbourne Cricket Ground

Metal fishes illuminate the Yarra River

Metal fishes illuminate the Yarra River and spray water into the sky, as the ceremony splurges outside of the ground

A flying tram enters Melbourne Cricket Stadium

As the ceremony proceeds, a flying Melbourne tram enters the arena in front of 80,000 spectators

England athletes wave to the crowd

England athletes lead the teams into the stadium as they parade in front of a cheering crowd

A dancer performs at the ceremony

A dancer performs, whilst the baton is close to arriving after its epic journey to 71 Commonwealth countries

A boy holds a 'help' sign as he stands on elevated rope

A boy takes part in an amusing and magical adventure which includes a giant koala and a toy duck

Two ballerinas fly above the stadium

Ballerinas then fly above the lit-up stadium before fireworks shower out from jets attached to their feet

Governor of South Australia Marjorie Jackson-Nelson carries the baton, followed by Cathy Freeman and Ron Clarke Mayor of the Gold Coast

Cathy Freeman enters with the baton before passing to Ron Clarke and Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson

Former AFL footballer Ron Barassi carries the Queen's baton

Former AFL football legend Ron Barassi then takes control of the Queen's baton who makes his way across the river

Lots of pink fireworks light up the stadium

Fireworks explode towards the end of the Opening Ceremony as the baton makes its way to the Queen

Governor of Victoria John Landy carries the Queen's Baton to her

Governor of Victoria John Landy carries the Queen's baton, containing Her Majesty's message

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reads out her message

The Queen's message opens with; "We celebrate the value of sport as a means of bringing together people from 71 nations"

Delta Goodrem sings at the end of the ceremony

Delta Goodrem sings amidst glittering fireworks which are set off from in-line skaters' trailing sparks

Games set for glittering opening
14 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games


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