Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay completed its final leg of a historic journey around Scotland over 40 days arriving at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park, Glasgow on the evening of the 23rd July 2014.

Police Scotland has been responsible for the safety and security of the Queen’s Baton Relay while it has been on Scottish soil.

A dedicated and professional security team, ably assisted by local policing teams, have helped to ensure up to 4,000 Batonbearers, have enjoyed their once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton in their communities.

The Baton has been transported in a number of different ways, by air, by sea and of course by road. Some of the highlights include, parachuting into Gleneagles, landing on the beach at Barra, visiting an oil rig in the North Sea, being taken up the Finnieston Crane and carried on a zip slide across the River Clyde.

As well as making its journey across the country there were numerous special events organised to welcome the Baton with thousands of people turning out for this memorable occasion. It is a journey that will be long remembered by the people of Scotland.

Superintendent Stewart Carle, Bronze Commander for the Queen’s Baton Relay said "It has been an honour and privilege to lead the Security Escort Team of drivers, motorcyclists and runners who have put in both the long hours and miles on the road in unusually hot weather, to allow over 600,000 people to see the Baton.  I am very grateful to all of the Local Policing Divisions who played host to the Baton on its journey, and through careful planning provided a safe and secure environment for their communities to enjoy the spectacle." 

The Baton is an integral part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations and during the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on 23rd July 2014 the Baton was returned to Her Majesty the Queen where she read out her message to the Commonwealth.

For further information about the Commonwealth Games please visit the Glasgow 2014 website.

Queens Baton Relay in pictures

For more photos of Police Scotland and the Queens Baton Relay visit our Police Scotland blipfoto page.