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Launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

HRH Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation; and Lord Smith of Kelvin, Kt, Chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, launched the Queen's Baton Relay at a Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on Wednesday 9 October 2013.

The Queen's Baton Relay will now commence its 190,000 kilometre journey across 70 nations and territories, unifying the two billion people of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace over 248 days, before concluding its journey at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 23 July 2014.

In the special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen placed a message to the Commonwealth inside the iconic baton to launch it on its way. The Queen's Message, inscribed on a parchment hand-made in Glasgow, will be held in a transparent cylinder within a pure titanium latticework frame. For the first time, the message forms the visual core of the baton design, illuminated from within by LED lights, yet unreadable until the Opening Ceremony.  The final baton bearer will carry the baton on the final leg of its journey before handing it back to Her Majesty The Queen who will read Her message aloud and officially declare the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games open. 

The Organizing Committee's vision is to stage a Queen's Baton Relay which will engage, enthral and create an innovative platform for promoting the Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and across the Commonwealth.  The Queen's Baton Relay offers an unparalleled opportunity to showcase each nation and territory in the Commonwealth family.

The Bahamas was represented at the Launch Ceremony by Mr. Mike Guy, Second Secretary at The Bahamas High Commission in London.  At a Reception after the Ceremony at Marlborough House, members of the Diplomatic Corps got to meet the Commonwealth Games family, the Glasgow 2014 Youth Ambassadors and 'Clyde' the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot.

The Queen's Baton Relay will visit The Bahamas from 18 to 20 April 2014.  The international itinerary for the Queen's Baton Relay can be found at http://www.thecgf.com/qbr

Mr. Mike Guy, Second Secretary at The Bahamas High Commission in London, at a Ceremony in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, to launch the Queen's Baton Relay in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 9 October 2013.

The Glasgow 2014 Baton which holds inside a Message inscribed by Her Majesty The Queen that will be read aloud during the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 23 July 2014.

 

'Clyde' the official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Mascot.

Young people from Scotland who were chosen to be some of the first baton bearers, at a Reception at Marlborough House after the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay on 9 October 2013.