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Rod Stewart to perform at Commonwealth Games opener

Rod Stewart pictured performing in Berlin last month. Credit: DPA

Rod Stewart is to perform at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, organisers have announced.

Stewart will sing in front of around 40,000 people - and a global television audience - on the opening night of the Games at Celtic Park on July 23.

Joining Stewart will be Scottish singers Susan Boyle and Amy MacDonald and violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We will also be welcoming internationally renowned and acclaimed artists Susan Boyle, Nicola Benedetti, Amy MacDonald and Julie Fowlis on the night."

Prince Charles dwarfed by towering Penny Lancaster

The Prince of Wales was dwarfed by a towering Penny Lancaster when the pair met at the opening of a Prince's Trust shop near the City of London.

The Prince of Wales and Rod Stewart are dwarfed by Penny Lancaster at the event. Credit: ANDREW WINNING/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

Lancaster and her husband, veteran rocker Rod Stewart, were left wishing they had their "own police escort" after they were late for the event.

Penny Lancaster attended the opening of a Prince's Trust shop near the City of London with the heir to the throne. Credit: ANDREW WINNING/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

Protocol dictates that members of the Royal Family arrive last for a public engagement but Stewart blamed London traffic for their 10-minute delay and the singer apologised to the Prince when the pair eventually met.

Penny Lancaster bends down as she shares a joke with Prince Charles. Credit: Andrew Winning/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prince's Trust shop, called Tomorrow's Store, sells jewellery, clothing, shoes and decorative objects designed by young entrepreneurs who have been helped by the charity.


Rod Stewart tops album chart for first time in 34 years

Rod Stewart has topped the album chart for the first time in 34 years with his new album.

The singer said he was delighted to return to the top of the charts with his record called Time.

"I'm over the moon, absolutely over the moon. It's a long time in between but it's always worth waiting for," he said

"I've lived a wonderful life and when I was putting the book [his autobiography] together it inspired many of the songs.

"If there's anything that God gave, and some people may disagree, he gave me a tremendous vehicle in my voice."

Stewart's last number one came with Greatest Hits Volume 1 in 1979, but his last studio album to top the charts was A Night on the Town in 1976.

The 68-year-old, who has sold an estimated 150 million records worldwide, now holds the British record in terms of the longest gap between chart topping albums.

Rod Stewart to release first album of new songs in 20 years

For the first time in 20 years, Rod Stewart is to release his first album of new songs, after a lengthy period of writer's block.

All but one of the 12 tracks have been written and produced by the 68-year-old on his new release Time, which is due out in May.

Rod will release the first album of his original work in 20 years Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Stewart has released a string of cover versions over the last few years, including his American Songbook series.

Yesterday the singer unveiled his first release from the album, called It's Over, inspired by his divorce.