Glasgow 2014: Queen's Baton Relay launch

Key points

  • The baton will visit all 70 Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the Glasgow 2014 games which begin on 23 July next year
  • The Queen will place a message inside the baton which will not be read until the opening ceremony at Glasgow's Celtic Park
  • The BBC's Mark Beaumont will be following the 288-day baton relay as it travels more than 100,000 miles around the world

Live text

Reporting:

  • Keir Murray 
  • Graham Fraser 
  • Steven Brocklehurst 

Last updated 9 October 2013

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Good morning all, and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay launch at Buckingham Palace.

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The ceremony at Buckingham Palace is the start of the baton's journey around the 70 nations and territories which will take part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year

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The Queen will place her message to the Commonwealth inside the baton. The message will not be read until the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Celtic Park in Glasgow's east end on 23 July next year.

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Sir Chris Hoy and Allan Wells will take part in the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, as will violinist Nicola Benedetti.

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There will be 70 flagbearers will also be at the event. They have been chosen by Unicef and will each represent the nations and territories that make up the Commonwealth.

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You can follow the events in London today on a special Queen's Baton Relay programme on BBC One, from 10:45, and, of course, on the BBC website.

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@BBCMarkBeaumont The Mall is now closed, barriers up, crowds gathering, news cameras & lights focused - all set for Queen's Baton Relay Launch 10.45 @BBCOne

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@Glasgow2014 5 minutes to go! Sir @chrishoy and the batonbearers are ready to go! #BatonRelay pic.twitter.com/PE3ey8rhgF

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The baton itself is a thing of beauty. Designed by Glasgow firm 4c design, it has a lattice design, made from layers of titanium, which means the sealed scroll within it is always visible. The brief for the baton was that is should weigh no more than 2kg and must be able to withstand all sorts of weather extremities on its 10-month journey.