Queen's Baton Relay Quiz

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The Queen's Baton Relay is the main curtain-raiser for the Commonwealth Games, and is currently travelling the British Isles. Test your knowledge of the baton ahead of the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July.

Children with the baton

1.) Multiple Choice Question

At which Commonwealth Games was the baton relay introduced?

  1. Auckland 1950
    Auckland
  2. Cardiff 1958
    Cardiff
  3. Perth 1962
    Perth

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which city did the baton first visit during the international leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

Queen's Baton
  1. Melbourne
  2. Delhi
  3. Kuala Lumpur

3.) Multiple Choice Question

How far will the baton have travelled by the time it reaches Glasgow?

George Square, Glasgow
  1. 118,000 miles
  2. 128,000 miles
  3. 138,000 miles

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which animal touched the baton in the Cayman Islands?

  1. Monkey
    Monkey
  2. Dolphin
    Dolphin
  3. Turtle
    Turtle

5.) Multiple Choice Question

How many baton bearers will carry the baton round Scotland?

Scotland
  1. 3,000
  2. 4,000
  3. 5,000

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The baton contains a secret message written by whom?

  1. Queen Elizabeth II
    The Queen
  2. The President of the Commonwealth Games Federation
    Prince Imran Tunku
  3. Sir Chris Hoy
    Sir Chris Hoy

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Apart from a secret message, what else does the baton contain?

  1. Scottish rock
    Rock
  2. Scotch whisky
    Whisky
  3. Haggis
    Haggis

Answers

  1. It was Cardiff in 1958. Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes, was a baton bearer on that occasion.
  2. The baton made its first official stop of its tour of the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth in Delhi, India, which hosted the games in 2010.
  3. When it reaches Glasgow the baton will have journeyed roughly 118,000 miles - equivalent to more than four times round the planet.
  4. It was a turtle, although a dolphin did kiss the baton in Anguilla.
  5. About 100 people, celebrated in their communities for their achievements, will carry the baton on each of the 40 days it tours the host nation.
  6. Her Majesty placed a hand-written message inside the baton on 9 October last year at Buckingham Palace. It will be read out at the opening ceremony on 23 July.
  7. The baton also contains a granite "gemstone" which is given as a gift to each nation and territory it visits. The gemstones have been crafted out of rock quarried from Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Batty

3 - 5 : Bat'll do nicely

6 - 7 : Baton bearer

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