More than 70 young people from Birmingham lined the stage and held flags from all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth today as Her Majesty – Elizabeth II officially launched the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay [QBR] at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen was accompanied by The Earl of Wessex as the unique ceremony was been held at the forecourt of the Palace. They were joined by Batonbearers made up of athletes who will be competing in next year’s Games, young flagbearers from the West Midlands – the Birmingham 2022 Hometown Heroes and representatives from across the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The launch of #QBR2022

Having been launched, the Queen’s Baton will now visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth for 294 days, covering 140,000 kilometres while embracing unique cultures and sharing stories.

The global journey will conclude at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.

This collective journey will ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, with these stories leaving us all inspired to take on the challenges that matter most to us.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 to August 8, 2022 in the West Midlands.

By Millicent Penamang