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Games' opening ceremony raises £2.5m for Unicef

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games has raised around £2.5million for children's charity Unicef.

The donations were made during the show following an appeal by Scottish actor James McAvoy and cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy.

James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at Celtic Park in Glasgow. Credit: PA

McAvoy, from Glasgow, said: ''This has never been done before - this many people in a single moment all coming together to make a life-saving difference to millions of children.''

Sir Chris added: ''Let's make history together.''

Early figures showed that over 500,000 Brits had donated by text within an hour, Unicef said.

A minute's silence is held for MH17 victims at Games

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond asked the crowd to observe a minute's silence as the Commonwealth games opened as a mark of respect to the victims of the MH17 disaster.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond speaking at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond speaking at the opening of the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Reuters

Mr Salmond said: "In last week's disaster almost one third of the 298 victims were citizens of the Commonwealth, 193 came from our European neighbours in The Netherlands.

"Please rise now, please stand, as we observe a moment's silence to express our condolences and above all our solidarity with the loved ones of all of those of every nationality who lost their lives."

He then thanked the crowd for their show of respect.

All 298 people on board the Malaysian Airlines flight died when it was allegedly shot down over Ukraine last week.

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Queen officially opens the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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, as she officially opened the Commonwealth Games.

The baton has travelled more than 100,000 miles around the world visiting 71 nations 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:

Commonwealth Games in Scotland starts with a bang

Fireworks erupt over the Celtic Park in Glasgow as the Commonwealth Games get underway.
Fireworks erupt over the Celtic Park in Glasgow as the Commonwealth Games get underway. Credit: PA

The 2014 Commonwealth Games got underway with a bang as fireworks erupted over Celtic Park in Glasgow.

The view as the Games is officially opened.
The view as the Games is officially opened. Credit: Reuters

The sky turned red as the Games was officially opened just after 11.20pm yesterday.

More fireworks turn the sky red at the Games is officially opened.
More fireworks turn the sky red at the Games is officially opened. Credit: PA

Celebrating all things Scottish Shipbuilding, Tunnock's teacakes and the Loch Ness monster featured in the opening ceremony.

But the biggest cheer was for the Queen, who officially opened the Games.

The Queen officially declares the Games open.
The Queen officially declares the Games open. Credit: PA

ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott 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

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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