Jul 24, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT
Queen Elizabeth II is quickly making her mark on the Commonwealth Games.
She arrived in style at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday night, in the backseat of a car strolling inside the Celtic Park soccer stadium to roaring applause.
She then laughed off a glitch in the proceedings as Prince Imran of Malaysia, the Commonwealth Games Federation president, struggled to open the Commonwealth baton that contained a hidden message to hand to the Queen to read.
Scottish Olympic champion cyclist Chris Hoy assisted, and the Queen declared the Games open.
Then, on the first day of competition Thursday, the Queen got up close with the athletes, as evidenced by this photo posted on Australia field hockey player Jayde Taylor‘s Twitter:
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