Commonwealth Games 2022: Event kicks off in Birmingham
Prince Charles will appear in place of The Queen, 96, as she remains at Balmoral for the summer break over fears the long trip down to Birmingham would be too taxing for her mobility issues.Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will attend the official start of the games and represent Her Majesty, who is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Head of the Commonwealth.
They couldn't could they? © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS Synchro diving duo Matthew Lee and Noah Williams boosted England's hopes of topping the medal table.
England have closed the gap at the top of the Commonwealth Games medal table, and are on the verge of taking the lead after a rare day without Australian gold.
Australia remain atop the medal tally with 50 gold medals, but England have moved within three golds after winning five golds on Friday, including two at the diving.
The Aussies added eight medals on Friday, with decathletes Daniel Golubovic and Cedric Dubler taking silver and bronze behind Grenada's Lindon Victor.
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There was also a silver for diver Brittany O'Brien in the women's 1m springboard, an another five bronze medals.
Australia are on track for a big weekend with both the men's and women's hockey teams, the women's T20 cricket side and netball outfit among those staring down medals.
While matching the 80 gold medals from the home Games in 2018 could be a bridge too far, the Aussies have already outdone their efforts from Glasgow in 2014.
Australia won 49 golds in Glasgow, where England topped the medal tally with 58 gold medals, just the second time in the past 11 games that Australia have not finished atop the medal tally.
Commonwealth Games 2022 medal tally: Australia beats India in hockey final and finishes Games on top of medal standings .
Australia finishes the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham at the top of the standings and 10 gold medals ahead of second-placed England. See the final medal tally here.The green and gold team won 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals during the competition.