Queen's Baton Relay

20 May - 22 July - Will the sun shine as the Queen's Baton Relay returns to the United Kingdom? Check the weather forecast.

The Queen's baton relay has been a fixture in the build up to the Commonwealth Games since it was introduced at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales.

2006, the Melbourne Games, was the first year that the baton relay visited all  the nations that sent teams to the Games. This continued in Delhi when India hosted the 2010 Games, and now Glasgow will keep this tradition going.

In the lead up to Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games the Queen's Baton will travel 118,000 miles over 288 days.

The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 9 October, which before being read aloud at Glasgow's Opening ceremony, will have travelled through 70 nations and territories.

With approximately 10,000 baton bearers, the relay has travelled through Asia, Oceania, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and North America before returning to Europe and the UK. The baton averages between one and four days in each nation, before reaching the United Kingdom where its stay will be extended, as detailed below.

CountryDates
Northern Ireland20 May - 23 May
Wales24 May - 30 May
England31 May -13 June
Scotland14 June - 22 July

If you are off to support the baton as it passes by you, why not download the Queen’s Baton Relay Supporters’ Kit to help cheer it on it's way.