The Commonwealth Games 2022 is in Birmingham, England, and during the opening ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II’s message was shared. The Royal Family matriarch spoke of the specially created baton that traversed the Commonwealth. 

“On October 7th last year, this specially created Baton left Buckingham Palace to travel across the Commonwealth. Over the past 294 days, it has carried not only my message to you, but also the shared hopes and dreams of each nation and territory through which it passed, as it made its way to Birmingham”, the message read. 

It continued, “Over the years, the coming together of so many for the ‘Friendly Games’ has created memorable shared experiences, established long standing relationships, and even created some friendly rivalries! But above all they remind us of our connection with one another, wherever we may be in the world, as part of the Commonwealth family of nations.” 

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The Queen’s message also said “Tonight, in the words of the founder of the Games, we embark once again on a novel adventure here in Birmingham, a pioneering city which has drawn in and embraced so many throughout its history. It is a city symbolic of the rich diversity and unity of the Commonwealth, and one which now welcomes you all in friendship.”

She concluded it, saying “My warmest thanks go to all those who have worked so hard to ensure the success of this particularly special sporting event, and I wish each athlete and team every success. Your hard work and dedication, particularly in recent times, have been an inspiration to all of us.

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It now gives me the greatest pleasure to declare the 22nd Commonwealth Games open.”

The opening ceremony also saw Perry the Bull steal the show, while Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took the stage, besides Duran Duran and saxophonist Soweto Kinch.