The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) for the 2014 Commonwealth in Scotland will start
this week. After the hosts of the last event in 2010, India, had asked for permission
to reschedule the relay’s visit to New Delhi due to a religious holiday taking place at
the same time. The Indian authorities have now agreed to host a ceremony at the
world famous Taj Mahal, allowing the organizers to avoid having to reschedule the
The Queen's Baton Relay begins its 190,000km journey around the Commonwealth this week Wednesday, before opening the games on the 23 July 2014.
The event, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the city's Commonwealth Day festivities. The Queen entrusts the baton to the first relay runner. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen,or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games.
The organizing committee describes the event as follows: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much-loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolizes the coming together of all nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture”.
The relay then moves to Africa, starting in the Gambia on the 30th December. After various stops in central and southern Africa the event is scheduled to reach Namibian soil on the 28th January, being carried here for two days before moving on to Botswana. South America, the Caribbean and North America are the next two stops before the relay comes to an end in Europe.
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