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.
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
- 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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