Kurt Fearnley carries baton into Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

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Kurt Fearnley carries baton into Commonwealth Games opening ceremony Kurt Fearnley holds the Queen’s Baton during the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)
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Migaloo the whale floats above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Darren England

Britain’s Prince Charles, right, opens the Commonwealth Games during the opening ceremony in Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Fireworks explode over Carrara Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Darren England)

The n team are seen marching into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Darren England)

n Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Darren England)

The flags of all the Commonwealth nations are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Darren England)

n hurdler Sally Pearson hands the Queen’s Baton to Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

Surf life savers wave as they enter Carrara Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

An Aboriginal man holds a cradle with a fire for a traditional smoking ceremony during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Flames burst from tinder held by an Aboriginal man during a traditional smoking ceremony during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Fireworks explode at Carrara Stadium as dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

n singer Emma Dean (centre) performs during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

The Commonwealth Games Federation flag is carried into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)

n hockey player Brent Livermore carries the Queen’s Baton into Carrara Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, , Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The n team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

The n team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

n flag bearer Mark Knowles leads the team into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

n singer Delta Goodrem performs during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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The Gold Coast 21st Commonwealth Games were officially opened by Prince Charles.

Surf lifesavers, beaches, fireworks and light shows were at the front and centre of the ceremony which celebrated athletes from around the Commonwealth.

In front of a packed stadium, the heir to the British throne and his wife Camilla, were welcomed by Yugambeh Elder Ted Williams.

“The ancient stories told by the Indigenous people of remind us that even though we may be half a world away, we are all connected,” Charles said.

“Over the years these friendly Games have shown the potential of the Commonwealth to connect people of different backgrounds and nationalities.

“In this spirit of cooperation and togetherness, common ground has been established and enduring friendships forged,” Charles said before officially declaring the games open.

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