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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Open (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

23/07/2014 15:37 BST | Updated 24/07/2014 00:59 BST

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games began with a bang when an impressive Opening Ceremony won plaudits for its warmth and good humour.

After seven years' wait, the city could at last welcome the athletes and crowds to Celtic Park where a uniquely Glaswegian event was staged in front of the The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Stars of the show were the music, the dogs and actor John Barrowman, whose 'Glasgow kiss' gave a strong rebuke to the many Commonwealth countries with anti-gay laws.

Here's how the ceremony unfolded.

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony