• Queen Elizabeth II helped start the Commonwealth Games party at Celtic Park
  • The sun was shining in Glasgow as the Queen's Baton Realy entered its final stages...
  • ...While the stage was being set for the opening ceremony at Celtic Park
  • The stadium was packed in anticipation of the big show
  • Singers Karen Dunbar (rear) and John Barrowman (front) were on hand to perform early in the ceremony
  • A host of dancers complemented the occassion
  • Symbols of Scottish culture were in in plentiful supply at Celtic Park...
  • ...Even the Loch Ness Monster made an appearance
  • The RAF Red Arrows performed a flyover of the famous stadium
  • Rod Stewart, no stranger to Celtic Park, performed during the opening ceremony
  • Famous Scottish singer Susan Boyle also took to the stage
  • Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made a royal entrance
  • Track cyclist Anna Meares led the sizeable Australian contingent into the arena
  • Squash player Nick Matthew led on the England team...
  • ...While judoka Euan Burton gave home favourites Scotland a grand entrance
  • Sir Chris Hoy ran the final leg of the Queen's Baton Relay...
  • Before the Queen declared the Games officially open
  • A firework display capped the grand ceremony

Glasgow 2014: Opening ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II helped start the Commonwealth Games party at Celtic Park