Queen’s Baton Relay
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, embraces and connects communities across the Commonwealth, as the countdown to the Commonwealth Games
It’s an epic journey across the world, with The Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.
The Baton itself holds a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Commonwealth and its athletes.
The Relay will begin on 7 October 2021.
The Relay will last for 294 days. It begins in October 2021 and ends at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony on 28th July 2022.
The Baton will travel to every corner of the Commonwealth, visiting all 72 nations and territories, including travelling through Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through England in July 2022 and will visit cities, towns and communities across the country for 25 days.
The details of when and where the Baton will travel through England will be made available next year.
Thousands of Batonbearers – inspiring individuals striving for change in their community – will be chosen to take on the once-in-a-lifetime role of carrying the Baton in their nation. In England alone, there will be around 2,000 Batonbearers that will carry the Baton with pride in the summer of 2022.
We will need around 2,000 Batonbearers to carry the Baton through England in July 2022. Batonbearers will be selected following a nomination process. More details will be confirmed later this year.
Tens of thousands of Batonbearers will carry the Baton across the Commonwealth.
In England alone, there will be around 2,000 Batonbearers.
The Baton was conceived in an innovative West Midlands collaboration that fuses art, technology, and science. Product designers and engineers Raymont-Osman Product Design, design and development specialists Kajul, both based in rural Warwickshire, along with Coventry-based MAOKWO, headed up by artist Laura Nyahuye, each injected their creativity and expertise into the Baton. The technology within the Baton is the work of BOM (Birmingham Open Media), a leading centre for art, technology and science in central Birmingham, dedicated to ‘creative innovation with purpose’.
We’re committed to delivering an unforgettable Queen’s Baton Relay. Planning the Relay during a global pandemic has its challenges, but we’ve found innovative solutions to continue this tradition in a safe and successful way. Any activities that take place during the Relay will adhere to local restrictions and the situation will be closely monitored with changes being implemented if required.