Published 27 July 2017

Her Majesty The Queen has asked HRH The Prince of Wales to represent her at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will take place from 4th-15th April next year, with 70 nations and territories taking part.

As Her Majesty's representative, His Royal Highness will open the Games and read out The Queen's customary message, calling on athletes to come together in the spirit of friendly competition.

The message is currently on a 388 day journey across all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, following the launch of The Queen's Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace in March 2017.

Previously, The Prince of Wales opened the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi on The Queen's behalf. This will be the seventh time His Royal Highness has attended the Commonwealth Games.

Additionally, HRH The Earl of Wessex will attend the Games in his capacity as Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.