The Queen's Baton Relay comes to Derby

We were so excited yesterday to see The Queen's Baton Relay, as it made its way past OVISO’s offices in the Cathedral Quarter and down through Derby city centre – part of the countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

After finishing in Derby, the baton then travelled to other towns in Derbyshire, including Bakewell and Matlock, before finishing at the pavilion gardens in Buxton.

The Commonwealth Games, which takes place every four years and involves mostly countries and territories with former colonial ties to Britain, is this year being held in England.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th Official Queen’s Baton Relay – a tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

A special event at Buckingham Palace on October 7th last year, where Her Majesty The Queen placed a message to the Commonwealth inside a baton, signified the start of a 294-day long journey that connects the communities and cultures of 72 nations and territories from across the Commonwealth.

After travelling via land, air and sea, the baton returned to England on Monday 4 July, to commence a 25-day tour engaging with 180 communities on a route spanning over 2,500 miles.

Some interesting facts about the baton!

360-degree camera
The baton is fitted with a 360-degree camera, which records and transmits imagery and information, allowing stories from Commonwealth communities to be told.

The Queen's Message
A mechanised chamber beneath the brass leaf plaque holds a message from The Queen, to be read out at the Birmingham 2022 opening ceremony.

Copper, aluminium and brass
Elements of the baton have been cast in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter using accessible metals, including copper, aluminium and brass.

Celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year
Lining the length of the baton is a platinum strand, paying respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in her Platinum Jubilee year.

Baton bearers heart beats
The baton features LED lighting and a heart rate sensor that displays the heartbeats of each baton bearer. The lights also change when two people grip the baton during a handover.

Analyses the environmental conditions
The baton also has 'lungs', consisting of atmospheric sensors with laser technology that analyses the environmental conditions wherever it is in the world.

The opening ceremony of the XXII Commonwealth Games is taking place in Birmingham on Thursday 28 July 2022 when the message from the Queen will be broadcast to the Commonwealth.

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