Commonwealth Games Ultra-HD showcase for BBC R&D


The Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games took place on 23 July in a packed Celtic Park in Glasgow, the host city for the XX Commonwealth Games. Broadcast to over a billion viewers worldwide and to a stadium audience of 40,000, the ceremony welcomed and introduced the 4,500 athletes that will be competing this summer.The night began with a comical opening that involved Scottish comedienne Karen Dunbar and actor John Barrowman. Telling the crowd that Scotland is a nation of "inventors and poets and dreamers, we're enlightened, creative and fun."

Rock icon Rod Stewart then joined Amy McDonald in song as the sun set on Celtic Park, before former Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle’s rendition of ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ alongside the pipes and drums of the Scottish Regiment tapped into the musical roots of Scotland. The Red Arrows then flew in red, white and blue over the stadium before her majesty the Queen arrived in a chauffeur-driven Bentley with the Duke of Edinburgh by her side. Robert Lovie then gave the crowd a fantastic rendition of the national anthem of the Commonwealth; God Save the Queen.