Queen's Baton Relay

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The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. It'll visit 72 nations and territories, cover more than 190,000 km, and involve a third of the world's population. It's a unique tradition, and the most engaging relay in the world.

The relay is launched at Buckinham Palace on the 9th of October 2013, when Her Majesty the Queen places her Message to the Commonwealth inside the baton. Then it starts its momentous journey round the world, where it will visit every one of the Commonwealth nations and territories, starting with India, host of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

With 1.2 billion people, India is the most populated Commonwealth nation and has 14 official languages. 2010 was the second time that the Games took place in Asia and the motto of those Games was 'Come out and play'.

Australia has hosted the Games four times, and the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton Relay was the first to visit all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. It covered more than 180,000 km on its journey to the Games.

Malawi has competed in 10 Games, and won their last medals in Scotland, where they took home two boxing bronzes at the Edinburgh Games in 1986. Malawi is also known as 'the warm heart of Africa'.

When it comes to sport, particularly athletics, Jamaica has an incredible heritage and is home to some all-time greats such as Yohan Blake and multiple world-record holder Usain Bolt.

Canada is the largest of the all the Commonwealth nations and is so vast it has six different time zones. The first Games were hosted here way back in 1930 and since then Canada has participated in every single Games.

The whole journey will take 248 days so when the baton visits your nation come out and cheer it on its way. The Queen's Baton Relay is for all the people of the Commonwealth and it gives everyone the chance to be part of this unique countdown to Glasgow 2014.

Once the baton has travelled the Commonwealth and the home nations of Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England it will come home to Scotland where it will be cheered through the streets for 40 days and be carried by thousands of baton-bearers. Nobody does a warm welcome quite like the Scots - we're world-famous for it. If you don't believe us, come and see for yourself.

The Queen's baton finishes its epic journey at the Games Opening Ceremony, when the final baton bearer returns the baton to Her Majesty the Queen and her message is read aloud. At that moment, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is officially declared open.

To find out more about the Queen's Baton Relay, and how you can get involved, go to glasgow2014.com/baton-relay and join the Commonwealth clan.

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