70 NATIONS AND TERRITORIES. 190,000 KM. 288 DAYS.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a time honoured tradition of the Commonwealth Games and marks the start of all the Commonwealth nations and territories coming together in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture. From Australia to Guyana; from The Falkland Islands to Canada, the baton will showcase each nation or territory in the Commonwealth.
Over a period of 288 days the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres and involve a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay.
On 9 October 2013 the Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, at a ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
The baton will be relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition. The finish line is in the host nation Scotland just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud Her message to the Commonwealth.
For more information and to track the progress of the baton visit –http://www.glasgow2014.com/queens-baton-relay