Queen's Baton Relay

Photo of two girls from the Solomon Islands holding the baton from the Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games. It was introduced at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958.

From there it has developed as a symbolic celebration, both unity and diversity, binding the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth with the message of peace and harmony through sports.

The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will be launched on 9 October 2013 from Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place her message to the Commonwealth into the baton. The baton will then depart from Glasgow for its epic journey.

Over the following 288 days the baton will travel through the 70 nations and territories competing in the Games, creating a fascinating journey through Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas (south), the Caribbean and the Americas (north), before returning to Europe and the UK.  On 14 June 2014, the baton will arrive back in Scotland where it will spend 40 days travelling all over the country on the final leg of its spectacular journey.

Queen's Baton Relay Route Map

For full details of the baton's journey, see the following document:

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Also see the presentation about the relay and its route, also the design of the baton and its message.

PDF file: Queen's Baton Relay Route (9.3 MB)PDF file: Presentation about the Queen's Baton Relay (5.4 MB)

Throughout the Commonwealth the baton will be relayed by thousands of people, each honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition. The baton will also travel by land, sea and air and will use many unusual modes of transport. Past relays have featured a submarine in the Maldives, a vintage sidecar in Singapore and a scuba diver visiting the underwater post office in Vanuatu.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will conclude its journey at the Games Opening Ceremony on 23 July 2014. The final baton-bearer will proudly carry the baton on the final leg of its journey, before handing it back to Her Majesty the Queen (or her representative) who will read Her message aloud and officially declare the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games open.

About the Glasgow 2014 baton

The baton embodies Glasgow and Scotland’s culture, history and innovation by combining leading-edge technology with artisan skills.

At its heart is The Queen’s Message, inscribed on parchment made in Glasgow using linen and plant fibre. The baton also features a pure titanium latticework frame, elm wood handle and granite ‘gemstone’.

PDF file: Queen's Baton Relay Factsheet (789 KB)

Images courtesy of the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay.

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  • Take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay

    The Queen's Baton contains Her Majesty's 'Message to the Athletes' and is symbolically carried from Buckingham Palace across the nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Register on the Glasgow 2014 site to take part.