Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a quadrennial Games tradition that celebrates, embraces and connects communities across the Commonwealth, as the countdown to the Commonwealth Games.

The Baton itself holds a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Commonwealth and its athletes.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the
Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 of the Commonwealth nations and territories.

The Relay began on 7 October 2021, with Her Majesty the Queen placing her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton is now on its 294-day long journey to every corner of the Commonwealth.

The international route spans 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles (140,000 kilometres), with over 7,500 Batonbearers carrying the Baton in their community.

The Baton will arrive to the Caribbean following its tour of Australia – hosts of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where Kyron McMaster made history for the Virgin Islands (UK) when he won the territory’s first Commonwealth Games medal with a gold in the 400m hurdles. The Baton will spend two months travelling around the Caribbean and Americas.

The Baton will arrive into the VI from Dominica and will depart to St Kitts and Nevis to continue its journey back to England, where it will travel for 25 days, with its journey coming to end at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony.

This collective journey will ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration, as it connects communities embraces unique cultures and shares inspirational stories.

Learn more about the Queen’s Baton Relay