Queen’s Baton Relay
As a part of the Commonwealth Games Celebrations, prior to the Games every four years the Commonwealth Nations anticipate the Queen’s Baton Relay; one of the greatest traditions of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton, carrying a message from the Queen (as the head of the Commonwealth), is passed to a runner from the host nation at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty, officially starting the journey across the Commonwealth Nations. The Baton makes its way across the Commonwealth before entering the arena at the opening ceremony of the Games.
The Queen’s Baton Relay has existed in the Commonwealth Games programme since the 1958 Cardiff Games and continues to be an integral part of the Commonwealth Games programme, as a festival of sport and culture.
Anguilla welcomed the Baton with excitement and anticipation for the first time in 2006 for the Melbourne Games. The Baton made its way across the island in the hands of the cyclists, in the presence of school children, rode across the beach on horseback and even spent some time on the ocean with a boat ride. The island as a whole shared the excitement for this event, and now every four years, will look forward to the Baton making another visit to the islands beaches, waters, schools and community.
In anticipation of the Baton every four years with an upcoming Game, the Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association will keep you informed about upcoming events related to the Baton’s arrival, and how you can participate in this exciting event!
2014 Glasgow Queen’s Baton Relay
Date of Arrival: March 30th, 2014
Number of Days: 2
2010 Delhi Queen’s Baton Relay
Date of Arrival: March 25th, 2010
Number of Days: 2
2006 Melbourne Queen’s Baton Relay
Date of Arrival: August 20th, 2005