The queen is not amused at Commmonwealth Games malfunction

July 24, 2014

Prince Imran of Malaysia is happy to finally get the top off of the Commonwealth Baton. Queen Elizabeth II maintains a regal reserve. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Commonwealth Games involve 53 countries from the six inhabited continents who have a historical connection to the old British Empire. So it simply would not do to hold an opening ceremonies for these Games without Queen Elizabeth II showing up.

Sure enough, the monarch arrived (disappointingly not by parachute) and took her place on the Glasgow, Scotland, stage to read the Queen’s Message from the Commonwealth Baton. The Baton is basically these Games’ version of the Olympic torch, but instead of a flame, it has a note inside.

The plan called for Malaysia’s Prince Imran to take the top off the baton, pull out the note and hand it to Her Majesty. Just one, small problem: The top wouldn’t come off. Try as he might, Prince Imran couldn’t make it happen, and soon decorated cyclist Sir Chris Hoy stepped in to lend a hand, but he also had trouble with it. Which made for kind of an awkward moment, what with the opening ceremonies waiting to move on, not to mention, you know, the queen of England.

Does anyone have a wrench? Anybody at all? (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) via

Needless to say, Twitter took note:

Finally, success! A moment of huge relief for all involved, particularly Hoy, to judge by the look on his face.

As it turned out, the queen did crack a smile, after all. Hey, the headline’s not completely wrong — she certainly didn’t seem very amused at first. It was already a tough sports week for Her Majesty, what with her doped-up horse. But all’s well that ends, mercifully, after some very awkward moments.

(Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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