Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in pictures as Malala Yousafzai says 'every child deserves chance'
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony sees 2,000 performers tracing the story of Birmingham past and present
The Commonwealth's best sporting talent has descended on Birmingham.
With the Games set to start on Friday and run until August 8, 6,500 athletes will compete in 280 medal events.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is executive producer of the ceremony at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.
And Duran Duran will headline the musical performances.
Malala Yousafzai said the young athletes competing at the Games are a reminder that “every child deserves the chance to reach her full potential and pursue her wildest dreams”.
Below, GB News brings you a selection of pictures from Thursday's proceedings as the second city comes together to celebrate: