The Queen’s Baton Relay

For 288 days, the baton visited 70 nations and territories and involved one third of the world's population, making it the world's most engaging relay ever!

The Baton started its relay at Buckingham Palace on 9th October 2013, after the Queen placed her message inside. After journeying around the world, the baton returned to Scotland for the final 40 days before being delivered to Her Majesty at the Opening Ceremony where she read aloud her message and declared the the Games open.

The Baton

Inside the Baton the Queen's Message was scrolled and placed in a transparent cylinder within the pure titanium latticework frame. For the first time, the message forms the visual core of the baton design which is illuminated from within by LED lights but was still unreadable until the Opening Ceremony.

Some interesting facts:

  • The lattice frame took inspiration from Glasgow's rich industrial and architectural heritage.
  • The handle was made from elm wood from the grounds of Garrison House on the Isle of Cumbrae, which is a tribute to Scotland's natural resources.
  • The baton holds granite 'gemstone' which will be gifted to each nation and territory. The gemstones are made of granite unique to Scotland.

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Last updated: 31 August 2016 at 16:08