Leeds welcomes the Queen’s Baton Relay with Olympic legends the Brownlee brothers.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of show stopping sport nears ever closer.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds welcomed the sportsmen to the stage, along with the baton that has been carried by thousands of people throughout its journey. The baton contains a message to the Commonwealth from Her Majesty The Queen. BBC Radio Leeds presenter Richard Stead presented the event, welcoming Class Dynamix, a Leeds choir that reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen’s Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles. Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox OBE, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton. The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused artwork, know-how and science. Made out of copper, aluminum and metal, the Baton additionally contains a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee 12 months.
With 2022 being the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and with Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games, we wanted to take the opportunity to explore how the Commonwealth has helped shape our communities and to highlight the role that sport plays an important role in our lives.