Happy Commonwealth Day! Queen Elizabeth launched the Commonwealth Baton Relay on Monday outside of Buckingham Palace in London.
Her Royal Majesty addressed the crowd as she participated in the first step of the 12-month journey for the baton.
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“Contained within the Baton will be a written message that will be opened and read at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year,” the 90-year-old royal said, addressing the crowd. “However, there is an even more powerful message to be seen and experienced as the Baton passes from hand to hand, from seashore to mountaintop, through cities, towns, and villages. It is the message of a peace-building Commonwealth.”
The baton will travel to all continents and visit all 70 countries in the Commonwealth. It will be carried by thousands of different people from different countries and backgrounds.
The Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Singer Cody Simpson, who was born on the Gold Coast, performed the song “I Still Call Australia Home” for the ceremony.
The Queen handed off the baton to Australian cyclist Anna Meares to start its 388-day journey.
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Later on Monday, the Queen will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey alongside her husband, Prince Philip, her son, Prince Charles, and her grandson, Prince Harry.
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