On Thursday 19 th May, the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in
St Vincent and the Grenadines, reaching the 61 st destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and
territories it will be visiting.
Arriving from St Lucia, the Baton has officially touched down at the Argyle International Airport.
The Queen’s Baton, which carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen, arrived in St Vincent and
the Grenadines as part of its journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be
held in England from 28 July until 8 August 2022.
The Queen’s Baton is in St Vincent and the Grenadines for three days and during its time here, it will
be carried by Batonbearers, including current and legacy athletes, and will visit schools on the north
western side of the mainland, along with tourism sites such as the Walliabou Falls and the Botanical
Gardens, along with historic site- Fort Charlotte and experience the scenic views, as well as local
cultural activities. The Baton will also be taken to the island of Mustique on Friday, 20 th May.
Commonwealth Games representative, Kevin Hannaway said: “It is fantastic to have the Baton arrive
in St Vincent and the Grenadines, today. Its arrival signifies an exciting moment in the lead up to the
Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and I’m really looking forward to the various visits and
activities during its time here.”
The Queen’s Baton will be carried by Claude Bascombe Jr, who is the Baton Manager.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit: Fitz Hughes Government, Chateaubelair Methodist, Petit Bordel
Secondary, Troumaca Primary and Secondary Schools, West wood Methodist School, Walliabou
Falls, Central Leeward Secondary, Layou Primary, Questelles Primary, Buccament Secondary,
Kingstown Anglican Church, the Kingstown Methodist Church, Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte and
Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay
has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when
Her Majesty The Queen placed her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to
four-time Paralympic gold medallist and Team England athlete Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of
being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton through the Commonwealth.
The 16 th official Queen’s Baton Relay is an epic journey covering the entirety of the Commonwealth as
it will travel to all 72 nations and territories, covering a distance of 140,000 kilometres. For 269 days,
the Baton will travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, before it
embarks on the final stretch of its journey across England for 25 days.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will complete its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022
Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022. This is a traditional and fundamental part of the Games and
the Opening Ceremony, as the final Batonbearer will pass the Baton back to The Queen. The
Queen’s message to the Commonwealth will then be removed from the Baton and read aloud,
marking the official start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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