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

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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:

Malala making her speech
Malala making her speech
The Birmingham crowd responding to Malala
The Birmingham crowd responding to Malala
Performers opening the Games in Birmingham
Performers opening the Games in Birmingham
Prince Charles was in attendance
Prince Charles was in attendance
The Games will conclude on August 8
The Games will conclude on August 8
A tribute to the Suffragettes
A tribute to the Suffragettes
Charles and Camilla in attendance
Charles and Camilla in attendance
A raging bull featured during the opening ceremony
A raging bull featured during the opening ceremony
England's parade during the ceremony
England's parade during the ceremony
Fireworks lit up the Birmingham skyline
Fireworks lit up the Birmingham skyline
Prince Charles addressing the Birmingham crowd
Prince Charles addressing the Birmingham crowd
Duran Duran performed at the ceremony
Duran Duran performed at the ceremony
The raging bull was a prominent feature during the ceremony
The raging bull was a prominent feature during the ceremony