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The Queens Baton Relay was officially launched on Thursday, October 7, 2021 by Her Majesty – Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace, London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.

Having been launched, the baton will in the next 268 days travel to all the participating nations, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles [140,000 kilometres], with over 7,500 Batonbearers trusted with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton in their community.

During the visit, each nation and territory will host events and activities that showcase untold stories from Batonbearers, athletes, and young people who are striving for change in their community, as well as showcasing a project that address one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Baton will witness moments of celebration, visit local schools and explore iconic landmarks.

Below is the full route of the baton and their arrival dates:

Cyprus – 9 October 2021

Malta – 12 October 2021

Nigeria – 16 October 2021

The Gambia – 20 October 2021

Sierra Leone – 23 October 2021

Ghana – 26 October 2021

Cameroon – 29 October 2021

Kenya – 2 November 2021

Uganda – 5 November 2021

Rwanda – 10 November 2021

Tanzania – 13 November 2021

Malawi – 17 November 2021

Zambia – 20 November 2021

Mozambique – 23 November 2021

Mauritius- 27 November 2021

Botswana – 30 November 2021

St Helena- 5 December 2021

South Africa – 8 December 2021

Namibia – 14 December 2021

Eswatini – 17 December 2021

Lesotho – 20 December 2021

Seychelles – 23 December 2021

Pakistan – 27 December 2021

Maldives – 1 January 2022

Sri Lanka – 4 January 2022

Bangladesh – 7 January 2022

India – 12 January 2022

Singapore – 17 January 2022

Malaysia – 22 January 2022

Brunei – 26 January 2022

Papua New Guinea – 30 January 2022

Solomon Islands – 2 February 2022

Nauru – 5 February 2022

Fiji – 13 February 2022

Samoa – 16 February 2022

Tonga – 19 February 2022

Vanuatu – 22 February 2022

Kiribati – 25 February 2022

Tuvalu – 28 February 2022

Niue – 3 March 2022

Cook Islands – 6 March 2022

Norfolk Island – 9 March 2022

New Zealand – 12 March 2022

Australia – 17 March 2022

Belize – 23 March 2022

Guyana – 26 March 2022

Grenada – 30 March 2022

The Bahamas – 3 April 2022

Turks & Caicos – 7 April 2022

Cayman Islands – 12 April 2022

Jamaica – 15 April 2022

Trinidad & Tobago – 19 April 2022

Barbados – 23 April 2022

Montserrat – 26 April 2022

Dominica – 29 April 2022

British Virgin Islands – 3 May 2022

St Kitts & Nevis – 6 May 2022

Anguilla – 9 May 2022

Antigua & Barbuda – 13 May 2022

St Lucia – 16 May 2022

St Vincent & The Grenadines – 19 May 2022

Bermuda – 22 May 2022

Canada – 26 May 2022

Gibraltar – 31 May 2022

Falkland Islands – 7 June 2022

Jersey – 10 June 2022

Guernsey – 13 June 2022

Isle of Man – 16 June 2022

Scotland – 18 June 2022

Northern Ireland – 24 June 2022

Wales – 29 June 2022

England – 4 July 2022

Over the course of the Relay, the Baton will spend Christmas Eve in the Seychelles, will bring in the New Year in the Maldives and will be in Jamaica over the Easter weekend.

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.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson

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