Queen's Baton Relay in England day eight: London

Key points

  • The Queen's Baton Relay is the main curtain raiser for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August
  • The baton is the Commonwealth Games version of the Olympic torch and carries a sealed, secret message written by the Queen
  • The baton relay journeys around England for 14 days and crosses the border into Scotland on 14 June
  • The Queen's Baton will visit Millennium Bridge, The Tower of London and appear on the National Lottery draw on BBC One at 20:30
  • The celebrations being held on London's Millennium Bridge are the biggest event before the Games themselves
  • Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith MBE will be performing on a high bar over the Thames

Live text

Reporting:

  • Andy Dangerfield 
  • Elaine Okyere 

Last updated 7 June 2014

STANDARD 07:55 Good morning

Andy Dangerfield, BBC News Online

Morning and welcome to day eight of our live coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay across England which is spending the weekend in London.

Millennium Bridge, London

Today the Queen's Baton will visit Millennium Bridge, The Tower of London and hopefully bring somebody luck tonight when it appears at Lotto HQ for on the National Lottery draws on BBC One at 20:30.

We'd love to share your baton relay stories and pictures today, drop us an email or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcbatonrelay.

STANDARD 08:05 Millennium Bridge prepares

Preparations are under way for the baton to traverse the Thames across the Millennium Bridge in central London.

Glasgow 2014 celebrations on Millennium Bridge, London

BBC Breakfast reports the baton is currently riding up the Thames on a barge.

STANDARD 08:15 Waiting in the rain

Elaine Okyere, BBC London News

I'm at Millennium Bridge this morning as the baton relay spends the weekend in London ahead of Glasgow 2014.

Sir Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington OBE are taking part in this morning's baton events. Good news, it's stopped raining and the baton is in sight.

STANDARD 08:25 Gloriana upon Thames

Simon Dedman, BBC News

On Millennium Bridge for BBC Breakfast with Ben Moore - the Gloriana is on its way up the Thames to pick up the #BatonRelay

Gloriana carries the Queen's Baton

STANDARD 08:40 Clyde selfie

Elaine Okyere, BBC London News

Lots of celebrities on Millennium Bridge this morning in the countdown to the Commonwealth Games including Clyde - the Glasgow 2014 mascot.

Clyde - the Glasgow 2014 - and BBC reporter

STANDARD 08:50 Rainy relay

If you're heading out to watch the relay, bring a brolly,

There will be widespread, heavy, outbreaks of rain giving prolonged downpours and a risk of hail and lightning in places throughout the morning, but things should improve by the afternoon.

Philip Avery

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F). BBC Weather's Philip Avery has the full baton forecast.

STANDARD 09:00 Baton arrives

Elaine Okyere, BBC London News

The baton relay team are arriving in style on the Gloriana.

Baton relay on Gloriana

As it prepares to dock musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama are playing.

TWEET 09:10 Journey up the Thames

Baton Relay 2014 tweets: The Queen's Baton has departed Lambeth Pier and is making its way towards Millennium Bridge! #BatonRelay

Baton-bearer on the Thames

STANDARD 09:11 Your baton relay experiences

Andy Dangerfield, BBC News Online

We'd love to share your baton relay stories and pictures today, drop us an email or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcbatonrelay.