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GOLD COAST 2018 
Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council
 

 
QUEEN'S BATON RELAY 
20-23 MAY 2014 

 
The Baton makes its way to Northern Ireland on 20-23 May 2014. Save the date!  
 
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. The baton will visit 71 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres and involve a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay
 
The finish line is in host nation Scotland just in time for the Opening Ceremony at the Games in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen’s message to the Commonwealth will be read aloud. 
 
The relay will be launched on 9 October 2013 at Buckingham Palace, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton. The baton will pass through each region sequentially visiting each of the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories.  
 
The baton will return to Scotland 248 days later where it will be cheered through the towns, cities and communities for 40 days before concluding its journey at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 23 July 2014. Her Majesty The Queen will read Her message aloud, bringing the baton’s journey to an end and declaring the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games open. 
 
The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council will be announcing planned events around the relay in 2014, so stay tuned! 
 
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