Queen’s Baton Relay edges closer to Belize Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on October 9, 2013, at Buckingham Palace in London, England, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, placed a message that will be read by her at the opening of the XX Commonwealth Games on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The baton relay demonstrates the unity and diversity of the Commonwealth of Nations, and the first leg of its epic journey was to India on October 11, 2013 as the host of the last Commonwealth Games, which were held in New Delhi, India, in 2010.

The Commonwealth Games are the second largest multi-sports event in the world only after the Olympics and are held in the odd years of the Olympic Games. Unlike the Olympic Torch, the Queen’s Baton Relay is actually far more extensive than the torch relay.

During an eight-month span the relay will cover some 190,000 km before it returns back to Scotland for the opening of the games.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and will involve every possible and practical means of transport from quad bike to camel.

By the time the Guardian Newspaper hits the streets in this country, the Queen’s Baton Relay will be heading for the Cayman Islands and from there onto the Turks & Caicos Island, then the Bahamas and on Monday April 21, 2014, it will touch down at the Philip Goldson International Airport here in Belize.