Queen's Baton Relay

Queen’s Baton Relay

About the Queen’s Baton Relay

Birmingham 2022 will stage the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.

The Relay will begin in October 2021, once Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.

The Baton will then travel for 294 days, connecting communities in every corner of the Commonwealth, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories. 

This collective journey will ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, with these stories leaving us all inspired to take on the challenges that matter most to us. 

Discover the Baton

The Queen’s Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay champions the individuality in humanity and celebrates bringing people together. It embodies the idea that every individual has distinctive lived experiences that are threaded together and woven into a collective tapestry of cultures.

Explore the Baton's Design

Follow the Route

The international route spans an impressive 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles (140,000 kilometres), with over 7,500 Batonbearers trusted with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton in their community.

Discover the baton's journey

Becoming a Batonbearer

The Queen’s Baton Relay returns to England in July 2022 and will be carried across the country by over 2,000 inspirational Batonbearers, nominated by members of the public. Sign up now to be notified of how and when you can submit a nomination.

Register Your Interest

Find out more

Learn the answers to some of the most common Queen's Baton Relay questions with our Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Proud Partners of the Queen’s Baton Relay


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International & Domestic Sectors

University of Birmingham

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International Sector