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Previous Queen’s Baton Relays

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School children form a guard of honour to welcoem the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton to one of 65 schools it visits during a two-day relay leg across the island of Tonga, its 63rd Commonwweath destination (pic ;prpix.com.au)

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The Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton is protected by warriors from Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands (pic: prpix.com.au)

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Children line Saeragi Beach on Gizo Island to enjoy the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton Relay celebrations in the Solomon Islands (pic: prpix.com.au)

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A warrior holds the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton on the island of Gizo as part of the Solomon Islands' leg of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay (pic: prpix.com.au)

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A relay runner is flanked by local police riding bicycles as she joins a marathon relay leg across Nauru - visiting all districts on the tiny island over a 10 hour period, enabling more than 5000 people (approximately half of the island's 13,048 inhabitants) to join in this unique Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games celebration (pic: prpix.com.au)

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Nauruans dress in traditional Pacific island costumes to welcome the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton to their village (pic: prpix.com.au)

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Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay. Picture by prpix.com.au. The Queen’s Baton arrives in Fiji, the first country to receive the baton in 2006! Fiji is the 67th country to host the relay. Day 1 and the baton travels around the island of Viti Levu.. Mosese Koroicakobau, an activity officer from ‘The first landing’ resort in Fiji holds the baton up high where the first settlers arrived.

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The Queen’s Baton arrives in the Cook Islands, the 68th country to host the relay and the third last country before the baton arrives in Australia. Day 1 and the baton travel around the capital, Rarotonga. Nane and Kapiri carrying the baton. Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay. Picture by prpix.com.au.

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The Queen’s Baton arrives in the Cook Islands, the 68th country, the third last country before the baton arrives in Australia. Day 3 and the baton travels the Southern Island of Aitutaki. On one of Cook Islands many sand bars, Eikura aged – 18 jumps for joy. Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay. Picture by prpix.com.au.

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The Baton arrives in historical Norfolk Island with a population of 1800 people. Members of the Horse Riding Club enjoy the baton. Picture by prpix.com.au

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Two young Solomon Islands girls get a chance to hold the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton as it visits tiny Kennedy Island in the Solomon Islands (pic: prpix.com.au)

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