Prince Charles has laid down who he expects to claim victory in the 2022 Commonwealth Games – and it isn't any of the four home nations.
The Prince of Wales, 73, arrived in Birmingham on Friday evening (July 28) to open the quadrennial international event in a cool 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante convertible, which was given to him on his 21st birthday by the Queen, and dazzled fans as part of a giant Union flag display.
Accompanied by wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the blue soft-top vehicle, the duo then took to their seats at the sell-out 32,000-capacity Alexander Stadium to enjoy the rest of the opening ceremony, which included a fly-by performance from The Red Arrows.
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But before the second city curtain-raiser had gotten underway, the 73-year-old left the Australian athletes startled with a baffling admission. "You are the team that the others are terrified of," said the Prince of Wales, prior to the opening ceremony.
Though Aussie swimming team manager Mel Tantrum was quick to jaunt: "We are actually very friendly."
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And the "very friendly" nature of the team down under was on full display during the traditional athlete's parade with a third of the squad opting to stop for a selfie on the 100m straight.
The quick pit-stop saw Niue, Tuvalu, Fiji and Tonga caught up in the traffic and the Oceania teams had to temporarily halt their own parade to allow the Aussies to catch up with the bulk of their squad.
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