Friday, 24 September 2010

Who will preside at Commonwealth Games opening..!!!

Officials have not yet decided whether Prince Charles or Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will preside over the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

As head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth usually opens the games, but she will not be attending this year’s event. Many people feel that, as her representative, Prince Charles should preside over the opening but others –including Indian government officials - feel the Indian president should take over the duties.

The Guardian reported that a heated discussion was said to have taken place and a spokesman with the organising committee said: "It is a protocol issue and hasn't been decided yet.”

Buckingham Palace announced earlier this year that the Queen would not attend the games because of a heavy travel schedule. The decision was criticised by some people.

This will be the first time in 44 years that the British monarch has not attended the games. It is expected that Prince Charles will read a letter of encouragement to the athletes on her behalf. Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Edward will also attend the opening ceremony.

The games are scheduled to start on 3 October.


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