Travelling to all of the corners of the Commonwealth

As the Queen's Baton Relay prepares for a new adventure around the UK, BBC reporter Mark Beaumont, who has been following the baton, shares his memories from the epic journey which has visited 63 Commonwealth nations and territories in seven months.

The Queen's Baton Relay is the curtain raiser for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The baton contains a message from Queen Elizabeth II which will be unveiled at the opening ceremony on Wednesday 23 July.

By the end of the relay, the journey will have taken 288 days over a distance of 118,000 miles (190,000km).

The baton arrives on the Channel Islands on Sunday, marking the beginning of the journey around the British Isles.

Slideshow production by Craig Frew.

All images copyright BBC, Glasgow 2014 and Getty Images.

Selected music from BBC Radio 3 Commonwealth Connections:

India: Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Bozman

Grenada: The Mighty Sparrow

Namibia: Elemotho and Sam

Solomon Islands: Waurana Panpipe Ensemble


What is the Queen's Baton Relay?

International Queen's Baton Relay route