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Army Provide Musical Send Off At The Start Of The Queen's Baton Relay
The crowds surrounding Buckingham Palace were left in no doubt of the location of the 2014 Commonwealth Games as the Band of the Scots Guards welcomed the Queen?s Baton Relay onto the forecourt this morning.
A musical programme of sporting themes and Scottish Airs entertained the 150 invited guests as the baton was carried down the Mall towards the Palace by Sir Chris Hoy and was presented to Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth.
From the embroidered Order of the Thistle emblazoned on the tunic collars of the Band of the Scots Guards, to the swinging tartan kilts of the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards and 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, there could be no mistake that the Games were on their way ?north of the border?.
Her Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Imran ? President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, and the Rt Hon Lord Smith of Kelvin ? Chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.
In keeping with tradition, The Queen placed a personal message inside the baton, which will be reopened at the Opening Ceremony of the Games in Glasgow, Scotland, next year, when the message will then be read out to all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The baton then began its relay with a lap of the Queen Victoria Memorial, before heading back up the Mall accompanied by the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Army musicians played ?The Glaswegian?, ?Burns on the March?, ?Stirling Castle?, ?Edinburgh Castle?, and ?Royal Stuart? as they led the guests to Marlborough House for a Reception prior to the baton?s global journey.
Over the next 288 days the baton will cover more than 118,000 miles averaging 1-4 days in each nation or territory.
The first region it will travel to will be Asia. From there it goes to Oceania, Africa, the South Americas, Caribbean, North Americas, before returning to Europe.
The baton will finish its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July 2014.
The Queen?s Baton Relay symbolises the gathering of people from across the commonwealth at the four yearly festival of sport and culture. And for the men and women from the Scots Guards and 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland who accompanied the baton today it was a huge honour to be at the heart and the start of this significant event.