The has Queen’s Baton Relay started with a special event held at Buckingham Palace in London as part of the city’s Commonwealth Day festivities.
The Queen’s Baton, which bears similarity with the Olympic torch, was received by a delegation from the United Kingdom in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports Development, and Commonwealth Games Nigeria.
Nigeria becomes the third nation to receive the Queen’s Baton after which it will continue its tour to 15 other African countries before proceeding to Asia.
The 15 other African Countries are The Gambia (October 16), Sierra Leone (October 23), Ghana (October 26), Cameroon (October 29), Kenya (November 2), Uganda (November 5), Rwanda (November 10), Tanzania (November 13), Malawi (November 17) and Zambia (November 20).
Also, Mozambique (November 23), Mauritius (November 27), Botswana (November 30), St. Helena (December 5), South Africa (December 8), Namibia (December 14), Eswatini (December 17), Lesotho (December 20) Seychelles (December 23).
The Queen’s Baton is expected to travel for 294 days, visiting all 72 nations and territories as well as connecting communities in every corner of the Commonwealth.
At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, which will be hosted in Birmingham, UK, from July 28, 2022, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games. The will close on August 8, 2022.