Fiji as part of the Commonwealth will be receiving the Queens Baton on the 20th of November, 2017 after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II set the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in motion following a star-studded commencement ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
A committee will be formed next week to coordinate the receiving the Queens Baton and places it would visit during its three day stopover.
The last time the Queens Baton visited Fiji was in 2006, before the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
As part of Commonwealth Day celebrations, The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, placed her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes inside the distinctive Baton.
Australian Paralympic champion Kurt Fearnley OAM delivered the Queen’s Baton from Marlborough House along The Mall into the Palace Forecourt, accompanied by the eminent Band of the Scots Guards, who played by permission of Major General BJ Bathurst CBE, The Major General Commanding The Household Division.
Commonwealth and Olympic Games champion Anna Meares OAM was honoured with being the first person to receive the Baton from The Queen.
The GC2018 ambassador took the Queen’s Baton through the Palace Gates and in a moment that was symbolic of the Commonwealth’s long-held belief that friendly competition helps build lasting friendships and strong communities, passed the Baton to longtime rival and arguably England’s most successful track cyclist Victoria Pendleton CBE.
The ceremony was capped off in classic Aussie style when the Baton departed the Palace in the hands of world-renowned Gold Coast singer and environmental champion Cody Simpson aboard a Kombi van loaded with surfboards as a nod to the Baton’s final destination, the Gold Coast, Australia.
Earlier in the ceremony Simpson endeared the international guest list with a stirring acoustic rendition of ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ before the audience was treated to an original performance by Sydney artist Lucy Mason.
The Queen’s Baton will take flight on 15 March to Sierra Leone, the first stop on the 288-day international journey to all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Follow the Baton’s remarkable global journey here.
Last Modified on 16/03/2017 09:38