Commonwealth Baton Relay at Broadhalfpenny Down

In advance of this year’s Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on 7 October 2021 from Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth inside the Baton.


The Baton then departed from Birmingham for a 254-day journey travelling through each Commonwealth nation and territory in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas before returning to the UK, covering a total of 140,000 kilometres.


In recognition of T20 cricket being included in this year’s games – and the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the first First-class match – the baton arrived at the Down during the match against Winchester College on 6 July.



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