When HRH Prince Philip died in April 2021, the Commonwealth Games lost one of its great supporters. He was a member of the Royal Family who appeared to prefer the company of athletes and informal occasions to the stuffiness of dignitaries and formal events.
The many tributes from the world of sport have already demonstrated what an important part it had played in the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday aged 99.
Commonwealth Games Federation (GCF) President Dame Louise Martin has claimed that Prince Philip "will forever be remembered for a lifetime of dedicated service to the Commonwealth", after the former CGF leader died age 99.
Flags have been lowered to half mast in tribute to Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, the former International Equestrian Federation (FEI) President who has died aged 99.
In any normal year, Edinburgh would be preparing for its world famous festival but 50 summers ago, the "Athens of the North" had a further attraction to offer.