Northern Ireland

Queen's Baton Relay in final day of Northern Ireland tour

Mary Peters and children with baton relay
Image caption Mary Peters and children with baton relay in south Belfast

The Queen's Baton Relay has returned to Belfast on the final day of its four-day tour in Northern Ireland.

Children got a chance to hold the baton in Ballynahinch on Friday morning before it moved on to Lisburn.

The relay then proceeded on to the Mary Peter's track in south Belfast before making an appearance at Belfast Harbour Estate.

The baton has already been to the Giant's Causeway and the Peace Bridge in Londonderry.

It will make its final stop at the University of Ulster in Belfast on Friday night.

The Queen's Baton Relay is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been included in the games programme since the Cardiff games in 1958.

It contains a sealed message from the Queen that will be read out at the opening ceremony.

The baton was presented to Northern Ireland's first minister and deputy first minister on the steps of Stormont by Dame Mary Peters on Tuesday.

It has been on an extensive journey around the world, visiting 63 nations and territories of the Commonwealth in the past seven months.

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

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