The Queen’s Baton Relay has been a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1958. The baton carries Her Majesty’s message to the athletes from Buckingham Palace, London, to the Opening Ceremony.
The Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton Relay will be the world’s longest, most inclusive relay. It will take the Queen’s Baton on an epic journey to all 71 nations of the Commonwealth over a year and a day, from 14 March 2005 to 15 March 2006.
The innovative Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton harnesses the very latest communication technologies to enable people across the globe to follow its epic journey. It is the first baton to use a global positioning system to track its location; the first to feature a tiny camera capable of delivering sound and images of the relay live via the internet. It is also the first baton to deliver an electronic version of Her Majesty’s message to the games.