Fireworks above the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur 1998 ©Getty Images

Dancers at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Opening Ceremony ©Getty Images
The Queen arrived in the City of Manchester Stadium in a London black cab ©Getty ImagesFireworks lit up the sky as Manchester welcomed the Commonwealth in 2002 ©AFP/Getty Images
Delta Goodrem performed during the Melbourne 2006 Opening Ceremony ©Getty Images
Fireworks exploded over the Yarra River and Melbourne for the Opening Ceremony ©AFP/Getty Images

Fireworks and plenty of sparks as the crowd in Melbourne were treated to a high energy dance show ©Getty ImagesAn aerostat balloon rises at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for the Delhi 2010 Opening Ceremony ©AFP/Getty Images
The build-up was controversial but the Opening Ceremony in Delhi went without a hitch ©Getty Images

Traditional dancing thrilled the crowd and TV audience as Delhi welcomed the Commonwealth ©Getty Images