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The Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay is one of the greatest traditions of the Commonwealth Games.

It was introduced at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales in 1958. From there, it has developed into a permanent symbol of unity and diversity, binding all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth with the message of peace and harmony through sports.

The relay traditionally commences at Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty The Queen places her message to the athletes within the baton. The baton is then passed on to the first honorary relay runner and from there its journey officially begins.

The relay ends at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. It is here that Her Majesty The Queen, or her representative, is given the baton and the hidden message is read aloud officially declaring the Games open.

Since its introduction, the relay has developed in both scale and significance to include more nations, involve more participants and generate more excitement than ever before. The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, including travelling throughout Scotland in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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