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The Earl of Wessex officially closes the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Published 8 August 2022

The Earl of Wessex, Vice-Patron, The Commonwealth Games Federation, delivers a speech to officially close the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

You have inspired us and hopefully future generations. You have also demonstrated what unites us. Thank you, Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The Earl of Wessex

Every four years, we endeavour to come together to celebrate our Commonwealth through sport. Thanks to the manner, style and enthusiasm with which you have competed, officiated, supported, organised and volunteered, you have, once again, brought the spirit and values of the Commonwealth to life.

You have inspired us and hopefully future generations. You have also demonstrated what unites us. Thank you, Birmingham and the West Midlands.

So now, in time-honoured tradition, I call upon the athletes from all countries and territories of the Commonwealth to gather in four years’ time in Victoria, Australia, to celebrate the 23rd Commonwealth Games.

Until then, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron, and in the name of the Commonwealth Games Federation, I proclaim Birmingham 2022 closed.

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