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Queen's Baton Relay

On Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on the historic forecourt at Buckingham Palace, signalling the official countdown to the start of the Games. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II heralded the start of the relay by placing her ‘message to the Commonwealth and its athletes’ into the distinctive loop-design Queen’s Baton which then set off on its journey around the globe.


The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay is set to be the longest in Commonwealth Games history. Covering 230,000km over 388 days, the Baton will make its way through the six Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

The Baton will finally land on Australian soil in December 2017 and will then spend 100 days travelling through Australia, finishing its journey at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the message will be removed from the Baton and read aloud by Her Majesty or a representative.

Designed for each Games by the host nation, the 2018 Queen’s Baton has been made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic, sourced from Gold Coast waterways, and inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage.

The route of the baton

 

Queen's Baton Relay - Schedule
LocationArrivalDeparture
Buckingham Palace13 Mar 2017
Sierra Leone15 Mar 201718 Mar 2017
Ghana18 Mar 201722 Mar 2017
Rwanda22 Mar 201725 Mar 2017
Uganda25 Mar 201729 Mar 2017
Cameroon29 Mar 20171 Apr 2017
Nigeria1 Apr 20175 Apr 2017
Kenya5 Apr 20178 Apr 2017
United Republic of Tanzania8 Apr 201711 Apr 2017
Seychelles11 Apr 201715 Apr 2017
Mauritius15 Apr 201719 Apr 2017
Malawi20 Apr 201724 Apr 2017
Zambia24 Apr 201727 Apr 2017
Namibia27 Apr 20171 May 2017
Botswana1 May 20174 May 2017
Mozambique4 May 20178 May 2017
Swaziland8 May 201711 May 2017
Lesotho11 May 201715 May 2017
South Africa15 May 201720 May 2017
Saint Helena
Trinidad and Tobago28 May 201731 May 2017
Grenada31 May 20173 Jun 2017
St Vincent and the Grenadines3 Jun 20177 Jun 2017
Saint Lucia7 Jun 201710 Jun 2017
Barbados10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017
Dominica14 Jun 201717 Jun 2017
Antigua and Barbuda17 Jun 201721 Jun 2017
Montserrat21 Jun 201724 Jun 2017
St Kitts and Nevis24 Jun 201728 Jun 2017
Anguilla28 Jun 20171 Jul 2017
British Virgin Islands1 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
Jamaica5 Jul 201711 Jul 2017
Turks and Caicos Islands11 Jul 201714 Jul 2017
Cayman Islands14 Jul 201718 Jul 2017
The Bahamas18 Jul 201724 Jul 2017
Bermuda24 Jul 201727 Jul 2017
Canada27 Jul 20172 Aug 2017
Belize2 Aug 20175 Aug 2017
Guyana7 Aug 201711 Aug 2017
Falkland Islands12 Aug 201715 Aug 2017
The Bahamas18 Jul 201724 Jul 2017
Bermuda24 Jul 201727 Jul 2017
Canada27 Jul 20172 Aug 2017
Belize2 Aug 20175 Aug 2017
Guyana7 Aug 201711 Aug 2017
Falkland Islands12 Aug 201715 Aug 2017
Pakistan29 Sep 20173 Oct 2017
India3 Oct 20179 Oct 2017
Bangladesh9 Oct 201712 Oct 2017
Sri Lanka12 Oct 201716 Oct 2017
Malaysia16 Oct 201721 Oct 2017
Brunei Darussalam21 Oct 201725 Oct 2017
Singapore25 Oct 201731 Oct 2017
Nauru1 Nov 20173 Nov 2017
Kiribati3 Nov 20176 Nov 2017
Niue7 Nov 201710 Nov 2017
Cook Islands11 Nov 201715 Nov 2017
Tonga16 Nov 201720 Nov 2017
Fiji20 Nov 201723 Nov 2017
Samoa23 Nov 201726 Nov 2017
Tuvalu28 Nov 201730 Nov 2017
Papua New Guinea1 Dec 20175 Dec 2017
Solomon Islands5 Dec 20179 Dec 2017
Vanuatu9 Dec 201714 Dec 2017
Norfolk Island15 Dec 201717 Dec 2017
New Zealand17 Dec 201724 Dec 2017
Australia24 Dec 2017


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