The Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will launch at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, 13 March, in the presence of The Queen, Prince Philip, and the Earl of Wessex.
The Queen will receive Louise Martin, CBE, who is the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation; Peter Beattie, AC, who is the Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation; and two Elder representatives of the Yugambeh people at Buckingham Palace prior to the launch of the relay.
The royal party will then make its way out to the Forecourt at Buckingham Palace to receive Kurt Fearnley, who will have brought the Baton from Marlborough House accompanied by the Band of the Scots Guards.
The launch of the Baton Relay will be marked with 70 young people carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations and a performance by Australian pop singer Cody Simpson. The Band of the Scots Guards will then perform both the United Kingdom and the Australian national anthem, and the Elders of the Yugambeh will “deliver an ‘invitation’ to all First Nations people of the Commonwealth to unite together to celebrate the Games,” Buckingham Palace said in a press release.
The Queen will place The Queen’s Message inside the baton, and after it is sealed, she will offer it to Anna Meares, who will then run it to the Centre Gate and hand it off to Victoria Pendleton, CBE, a cyclist, who will run it around the Queen Victoria Memorial. A third baton-bearer will take the baton down The Mall.
The Palace also said in the press release, “Since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games (as the Games were known at the time), The Queen’s Baton has carried a message from Her Majesty calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.”
The Queen’s Baton will travel to all Commonwealth nations and territories before the launch of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place on the Gold Coast of Australia from 4-15 April. The Games are held every four years in a different Commonwealth country and hosts sporting events across a variety of disciplines for Commonwealth athletes.