Queen in stitches as message to Commonwealth begins 294-days long journey to Birmingham

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THE QUEEN was all smiles as she appeared outside Buckingham Palace for the launch of the baton relay ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Queen was all smiles at the baton launch

Queen Elizabeth II was all smiles at the baton launch (Image: BBC )

The relay will see 7,500 bearers carry the baton across 90,000-miles to all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over a period of 294 days.

Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox is the first bearer and completed a lap of the Queen Victoria memorial before handing it to the second baton bearer.

The baton launch is the first major engagement held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She was joined by her youngest son, Prince Edward, who is the vice patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Prince Edward joined the Queen

Prince Edward joined the Queen for the ceremony (Image: GETTY)

The Queen was also joined by John Crabtree, Chairman of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Game and Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Grassroots sports organisations, representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation and competing athletes also attended the ceremony.

For the occasion, Her Majesty donned a bright orange dress, matched with black gloves and her signature black bag.

The Commonwealth Games first took place in 1930, and have since taken place every four years.  

Birmingham will be the third British city to host the games since its launch nine decades ago.

Prince Edward’s appearance at the ceremony could also suggest a bigger role in the future of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

His father, the late Prince Philip, was appointed president of the Commonwealth Games Federation in 1955, a title he held for three decades.

In recent years, the Earl of Wessex has taken over several of his father’s former patronages, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is also expected to receive the Duke of Edinburgh title once his brother, Prince Charles, becomes king.

It features a 360-degree camera, a monitor that displays the heartbeats of bearers, LED lighting, GPS tracking and a ‘brain’ which will record and transmit imagery and digital information.

The baton includes a personal message from the Queen, which will travel through each nation and will be read aloud during the opening ceremony on July 28, 2022.

Now that the relay has officially commenced, its first stop will be in Cyprus on Saturday.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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