The 28 Most Important Pictures From The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

Move over London 2012…

1. John Barrowman’s entrance involved a giant kilt.

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3. He crowdsurfed a purple rug.

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5. The Loch Ness monster reared its head.

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6. There were lots of tender kisses.

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7. Susan Boyle joined Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison of the Scottish Ballet on stage.

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8. The Queen popped by.

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9. So much colour.

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10. Rod Stewart gave it a good go.

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12. The parade of competing Commonwealth nations was dazzling.

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14. Scottie dogs were an important component. Some walked proudly ahead, while others asked to be carried.

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19. Alex Salmond looked on proudly.

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22. The ceremony got a thumbs up from Ed Miliband.

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24. The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall found time to put on a bit of lippy.

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26. Prince Philip had a good look through his binoculars and Prince Charles was most amused.

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28. Although it looks like it was a long day for David Cameron and Prince Charles.

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Matt Tucker is the UK picture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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