Queen's Relay will be 50-day party
26 November 2001
The Baton will be carried by members of the public and celebrities alike
Prince Edward was today revealing the path the Queen's Jubilee Baton Relay will take around Britain on its way to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Millions of people across the country are expected to line the route as it passes through hundreds of communities before making its triumphant journey to the City of Manchester Stadium.
Prince Edward was due to make the announcement at St James' Palace, explaining how the baton will pass within one hour's drive of 95 per cent of the British population.
Organisers say more than 50 million people will have the opportunity to be part of the relay as runner, spectator, volunteer or celebration performer.
The hi-tech baton will be carried through 500 towns, covering more than 5,000 miles over 50 days, involving 5,000 runners.
Unsung heroes of communities across Britain are being given the chance to carry the baton, which will relay the Queen's message to the Commonwealth Games.
The baton will leave Buckingham Palace next March and will be carried on a journey through 21 Commonwealth countries starting in Canada and ending in Malta before arriving back in Britain on June 6th. There will be 50 celebration events along the route which stretches from the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland to the Channel Islands before ending up in Manchester in time for the Games' opening ceremony on July 25, 2002.
During its journey it will take in some of Britain's most historic landmarks, reflecting the country's cultural and sporting achievements and traditions.
These include St Andrew's Golf Course, Loch Ness, Stonehenge, London Bridge, Llandudno Pier, Sherwood Forest, Blackpool Tower, the TT Races route on the Isle of Man and a whole host of other historic sites and geographic landmarks.
Its epic journey will end on July 25 when the Queen removes her special message of peace and goodwill from the baton and reads it out at the opening ceremony.
The relay will be a double celebration of the Games and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Year.
Charles Allen, chairman of Manchester 2002, said: ''The Relay will unite these two great occasions in a massive street party lasting for 50 days, stretching 5,000 miles and involving over 50 million people celebrating the diversity of the UK and the British Isles.
''This is a truly inclusive event and we hope that everybody who lives in the UK will take the relay to their hearts.
It will be an unprecedented celebration of the people and places of the UK.''
Di Henry, director of the Baton Relay, said: ''Just as the Olympic Torch unites countries and athletes, the passing of the baton from hand to hand, from runner to runner and generation to generation will touch millions of people in different ways and symbolise the Commonwealth's Spirit of Friendship.''
Further details on The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay, and how you can nominate yourself, family or friends as a Jubilee Runner can be found here
For more details on the route the Baton takes throughout the United Kingdom, see our press release section