The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 is now underway with Her Majesty placing her message to the Commonwealth in the baton at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 9th October 2013.
The baton visited Scotland the following day and was showcased at an event at Airthrey Castle in Stirling before heading to Glasgow where there was a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost. It then departed from Glasgow Airport to continue its tour of the countries of the Commonwealth.
The launch of the relay is a significant milestone for Police Scotland in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as it signifies the first time officers will be deployed on the streets of Scotland for a Games event.
Police Scotland is responsible for the safety and security of the relay while it is on Scottish soil, and when it returns in June 2014 a team of police security escort runners and motorcyclists will travel with it for 40 days as it visits towns and cities in every local authority area.
They will accompany the baton en route, while on the road, and at any special events in local areas.
The baton is an integral part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations and during the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on 23rd July 2014 the baton will be returned to Her Majesty the Queen where she will read out her message to the Commonwealth that is carried within it.
In the coming months we’ll post some more information about the selection process for the runners, and details of the successful applicants, so check back for updated information.
For further information about the Queen’s Baton Relay please visit the Glasgow 2014 website.