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Prince Andrew officially opens the World Athletics Championships on behalf of The Queen

The Duke of York has officially opened the World Athletics Championships in London on behalf of The Queen.

In a speech at the London Stadium, Prince Andrew read a message on behalf of The Queen, in which she apologised for not being there in person to open the games.

In full, the Prince said: “Ladies and Gentlemen,

“My mother The Queen is sorry that she can’t be here this evening. But I am honoured that Her Majesty has asked me to represent her on this special occasion to extend he warmer possible welcome to you all on behalf of the United Kingdom.

“The Queen has asked me to deliver the following message: “I was delighted to open the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in this very stadium, and I know it holds extraordinary memories for competitors and spectators alike.

“Sport has a way of uniting the world and reminds us of what amazing things can be achieved when people come together to celebrate the very best of human endeavour.

“I have no doubt that more wonderful memories will be created over the next ten days, and that the performances beginning tonight will serve as an inspiration to people across the world.

“To the athletes, the officials, the volunteers & supporters, the spectators in the stadium and indeed to the millions watching around the world, I send my sincere good wishes for a happy, exciting and hugely successful 2017 IAAF World Championships.

“Good luck to you all.”

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and IFFA President Sebastian Coe also delivered speeches in the opening ceremony for the championships.

The Championships began on Friday evening, five years to the day since Great Britain won three Olympic gold medals in less than an hour in what was dubbed as ‘Super Saturday’ in the Olympic Games.

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