Australia's indigenous traditions, colonial history and beach culture were celebrated at the Commonwealth Games 2018 opening ceremony last night.
Junior surf life savers, all carrying surfboards emblazoned with the country's name, escorted each of the 71 teams competing in the Games. New Zealand's flag was carried by swimmer Sophie Pascoe.
Prince Charles, representing The Queen as head of the Commonwealth, was guest of honour at the event, along with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
"The ancient stories of the indigenous people of Australia remind us that even though we may be half a world away we are all connected," the Prince said as he read the Queen's message.
"Over the years these friendly Games have showed the potential of the Commonwealth to connect people of different backgrounds and nationalities.
"In this spirit of co-operation and togetherness, common ground has been established and enduring friendships forged."
It is estimated that the opening ceremony was watched by more than one billion people around the world.