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Queen Elizabeth gets 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremony under way

Queen Elizabeth set the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in motion during a star-studded commencement ceremony on Monday at Buckingham Palace as part of Commonwealth Day celebrations.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes inside the distinctive Baton.

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Anna Mears from Australia receives the baton from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during the launch of the Queen’s baton Relay for the XX1 Commonwealth Games

The Queen’s Baton will now travel through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days, covering 230 000km to its final destination, the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games April 4, 2018.

The baton is also scheduled to visit South Africa in May during its global travels.

Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Peter Beattie AC, Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and Yugambeh Elders Patricia O’Connor and Ted Williams accompanied Her Majesty in the ceremonial party.

The baton will arrive back in Australia and start its Australian journey on December 25.

It will visit every state and territory across the country for 100 days.


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