The Queen’s Baton (Relay) landed at Nanny Cay on Monday as it passed through the British Virgin Islands on its tour of all the Commonwealth countries on its way to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The Baton was delivered by HE John Duncan, Governor of the BVI, onboard the Tortola Sloop Intrepid. It then headed over Tortola to Cane Garden Bay.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
The Baton was launched on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace and is on an epic 388-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton and international crew arrived from Anguilla on Saturday, July 1.
After a rest day, the official start of the Queen’s Baton Relay kicked off at 9.00am on Monday, July 3 with the Opening Ceremony at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.
The Queen’s Baton passed through communities on Tortola and Jost Van Dyke on Monday, July 3, and through Virgin Gorda on the morning of Tuesday, July 4, before it returned to Trellis Bay and East End/Long Look, Tortola in the afternoon.
The two days of activity culminated with a closing ceremony and cultural presentation at the Central Admin Complex on Tuesday, July 4.
The BVI Olympic Committee, in its capacity as the BVI Commonwealth Games Association, hosted the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in the BVI before it headed to Jamaica, its next stop.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where Her Majesty, or a representative, will remove the message from the Baton and read it aloud to officially open the Games.