After its official launch on Thursday, October 2021, the Queen’s Baton Relay [QBR] will head straight to Cyprus, the first overseas stop on Saturday, October 9.

The Queen, accompanied by The Earl of Wessex, will launch The Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games, from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 7th October 2021. The Queen and The Earl of Wessex are Patron and Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation respectively.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will join a unique ceremony to launch the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, alongside representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation and grassroots sports organisations in the West Midlands, as well as athletes who will be competing in the Games next year.

The Baton will arrive at Buckingham Palace ahead of The Queen and The Earl of Wessex, having travelled down the Mall accompanied by a Tri-Service military band and the Birmingham 2022 ‘Hometown Heroes’ – a group of volunteers, coaches and managers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support grassroots sports in the West Midlands.

The Queen’s message will be read out in full at next year’s Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony on 28 July 2022.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will span 294 days, visiting all the 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that connects communities from across the network of nations during the build-up to the Games.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay, with the Baton set to visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over 294 days, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022.

Birmingham 2022 will be an opportunity for people from across the Commonwealth to come together in celebration of sport, as well as showcasing the innovation, talent and culture of the West Midlands on a global stage.

Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022.