The Queen's Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace on 9th October 2013, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is Head of the Commonwealth, placed her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
Over the following 288 days the baton covered more than 118,000 miles averaging one to four days in each nation or territory. The first region the baton travelled to was Asia - hosts of the previous Games in 2010 - and from Asia the baton travelled onto Oceania, Africa, Americas (south), Caribbean, Americas (north) before returning to Europe. It finished its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July 2014.
The baton was passed between thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition. Magical memories were created on this journey across continents, terrains and time zones. From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the forests of Rwanda; from Pacific Islands to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the baton showcase each nation and territory in the Commonwealth.
For more information on the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay, download the factsheets below: