first_imgThe 19th Commonwealth Games was jointly declared open by Prince Charles and President of India Pratibha Patil on Sunday in a diplomatic compromise that was worked out much before the inauguration.Officially the Queen, the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth, declares the Games open. But the monarch’s decision not to attend the ceremony for the first time in 44 years led to a diplomatic arrangement between the British officials and the Indian authorities.Under the compromise it was decided that both Charles and President Patil would jointly declare the Games open.In a spectacular opening ceremony, after the Queen’s baton was handed over by Beijing Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar to Charles, the Prince of Wales read out the Queen’s message but it was President Patil who had the last word, saying, “Let the Games begin”.last_img