Queen's Baton Relay

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Script to introduce the film

The Queen's Baton Relay is a unique tour of the Commonwealth and has happened in some form since the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

The tradition is for the Head of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth ll, to write a message that is carried within a baton until it is finally read aloud to officially open the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

The baton is the size of a runner's baton. The handle is made of elmwood and the lattice frame is made from titanium. Unlike the Olympic torch, there is only one Queen's baton.

During the next nine months, the baton will travel around the globe to the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Adventurer and presenter Mark Beaumont will report on the baton's journey as he meets some of the Commonwealth's two billion citizens.


The Queen will set the baton on its way at Buckingham Palace on the 9 October 2013, then heading to New Delhi, host of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The route includes some of the larger Commonwealth countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Kenya, Ghana, Jamaica and Canada.

The baton will spend Christmas in the small South Pacific Island, Vanuatu. It will return to the UK in May and the Queen will read out her message at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014.

Mark Beaumont interviewed about the Queen's Baton Relay

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What is the Queen's Baton relay and where does it set out from?

Who places a message inside the baton?

The Queen's Baton Relay - Commonwealth Class The baton will travel around 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth

What inspirational message would you put in the baton?

Can you describe the baton and name some of the products used to make it?

How many nations and territories does the baton travel to - can you name some of them?

Do you know when the baton is coming to your country?

Who is going to be following the progress of the baton?

What else is Mark Beaumont famous for?

What do you think it would be like to be an adventurer? Which countries would you like to visit?

When does the baton arrive back in the UK and what happens to the message?

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