Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Games, he said: “Every four years we aim to come together to celebrate our Commonwealth through sport. With the manner, style and enthusiasm with which you have competed, refereed, supported, organized and volunteered, you have re-invigorated commonwealth spirit and values. You have inspired us and hopefully generations to come.”

The Queen continued: “You have also demonstrated what we have in common.

“Thank you Birmingham and West Midlands.

“So now, in a time-honored tradition, I call upon athletes from all Commonwealth countries and territories to gather in four years’ time in Victoria, Australia to celebrate the 23rd Commonwealth Games.

“In the meantime, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, our Patron, and on behalf of the Commonwealth Games Federation, I declare Birmingham 2022 closed.”

The Earl, who is Commonwealth Vice-Patron of Sport, has attended dozens of events at the Commonwealth Games.

He was usually accompanied by the Countess of Wessex.

Their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, also attended some of the events.

Earlier today, the count presented the medals to the men’s hockey tournament – the final ceremony of the games.

Australia won gold and India won silver.

Meanwhile, England won bronze.

Prince Edward also thanked the support teams who work on the sport, including the girls and boys.

Ahead of the Games last month, the Earl of Wessex issued a message of support for those taking part.

He said: “The stage is set and the show is about to start.

“To everyone involved in the production, whether behind the scenes or in front of the house: thank you, good luck and have a great holiday.

“I know from all your preparations that you want to make Birmingham 2022 a vibrant and memorable experience.

“It is to those who really have to go on stage, performers and those who are going to participate in the competition, I wish special luck, achieve everything possible and inspire the next generation.

“Whatever your role or involvement, I hope you have an experience of a lifetime and enjoy every moment.”


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