The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the Carrara Stadium to witness the official opening of the Commonwealth Games 2018.
But the real star of the festivities was Migaloo, a giant inflatable white whale that floated above spectators and performers alike as red confetti was showered on the stadium.
Organisers insist the Games, which started life as the British Empire Games in 1930, are still "relevant" in the modern world, pointing to the move to an equal number of men's and women's medal events.
The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games that took place at the Carrara Stadium in Australia drew attention from many parts of the world.More news: Again! Trump Congratulates Egypt's El-Sissi After Rigged Reelection Win
Among the VIPs in attendance were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The heart of the Commonwealth was accidentally relocated to Africa in the official program for Wednesday's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Flanked by a significant police presence, protestors were also present outside the Carrara Stadium before the Games officially got underway.
A total of 71 nations will compete in 275 events across 19 disciplines at the Games which will conclude on April 15.More news: Reports Of Douma Evacuation Deal 'Not True': Council Member
If you're missing your multi-sport fix following the close of the Paralympic and Olympic Winter Games, help is on the way from the Commonwealth. He is hoping to beat his brother, Jonny, and defend the three gold medals he won at the Glasgow Games in 2014, beginning with the men's sprint triathlon on Thursday.
The Republic finished 11th in the medal table four years ago with eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
"I would do it a thousand times more".
Among them was the Kenyan team which encompasses a group of athletes that will take part in various field events and races.More news: Pep Guardiola running scared of Liverpool's triple threat
Share the Dream - Gold Coast had been asking its inhabitants and visitors before the Games and though that dream did not find resonance with some, it did have quite a ring among those who braved the rain to celebrate the Aussie spirit. "Not every event that has been held in the last 100 years has been able to say that, but we are ready". They put forth a brilliant composition of sound and dance that lived up to the Commonwealth Games Federation's motto of friendship.