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Queen reveals secret message she put in Games baton

The Queen arriving at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
The Queen arriving at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

The Queen has revealed what the secret message says she put in the Games' baton, which has travelled more than 100,000 miles around the world before arriving back in Glasgow.

Reading it out as she formally declared the Games open, she said: "The baton relay represents a calling together of people from every part of the Commonwealth and serves as a reminder of our shared ideals and ambitions as a diverse, resourceful and cohesive family."

Wishing her best wishes to the competing athletes, the Queen added: "Your accomplishments over the coming days will encourage us all to strengthen the bonds that unite us.

"You remind us that young people, those under 25 years of age, make up half of our Commonwealth citizens; and it is to you that we entrust our values and our future.

"It now gives me the greatest pleasure to declare the 20th Commonwealth Games open."

Huge cheers as Team Scotland enters Celtic Park

ITV News' Scotland correspondent Debi Edward reports from Glasgow during the opening ceremony:

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International airlines cancelled 80 flights, despite Israeli assurances that the Ben Gurion airport was safe.

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the hope of brokering a ceasefire.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

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Commonwealth athletes arrive at opening ceremony

The flag of Australia is carried by Anna Meares during the opening ceremony.
The flag of Australia is carried by Anna Meares during the opening ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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Malaysia's Fatehah Mustapa carries her country's flag. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble
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The flag of India is carried by Vijay Kumar during the opening ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble
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The Cook Islands team arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

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Pipers, Red Arrows and Rod Stewart open the Games

Pipers perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Pipers perform during the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA
The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park
The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Performers take part in the opening ceremony
Performers take part in the opening ceremony with Irn-Bru cans, a Scottish brand. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Rod Stewart performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
Rod Stewart performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
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A performer stands during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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