As it happened: Day two of Queen's Baton Relay in Wales

Key points

  • The baton has spent a second day in Wales
  • It started the day at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant
  • The first Commonwealth Games 50p coin has been struck
  • One of the baton bearers also carried it at the 1958 Cardiff Games
  • Only Boys Aloud performed for the crowd in Aberdare Park
  • Over 1,000 people greeted the baton at Llandrindod Wells

Live text


  • Kevin Leonard 
  • Steffan Messenger 
  • Natalie Crockett 

Last updated 25 May 2014


Good morning. Welcome to the start of the second day of our coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay. The event starts at about 07:00 BST from the Royal Mint at Llantrisant. Please send us your pictures of the baton via email, Twitter and Facebook.


The baton has arrived at the Royal Mint. It will be carried here by six workers from the mint and Rhys Williams, current European 400m hurdles champion.


Mint worker Lorna Warner said: "I've worked here at the Royal Mint for 20 years but I'm originally from Glasgow where the Games are taking place so I wanted to come today to see the baton and be a little part of the Games."


By the way, here is today's route and a glimpse of the Commonwealth Games 50p coin, the first of which will be struck this morning.



There's a blue sky morning over Llantrisant which is in stark contrast to yesterday's opening relay events. Forecasters say it could be unsettled today.

Blue sky


They're off! Today's relay is underway with members of staff at the Royal Mint carrying the baton.

Baton relay


BBC Wales' Stephen Fairclough tweets: And the #batonrelay is underway again. First bearer of the day at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant

Baton bearer


BBC Wales' Steven Fairclough tweets: First time on the relay we've seem some of the bearers running.


Steffan Messenger, BBC News

"The baton made a series of laps around the Royal Mint carried by staff while a small crowd of family, friends and co-workers cheered loudly.

"The baton is now being taken inside the mint where Rhys Williams will strike the first Commonwealth Games 50p coin."