On 9 October 2013, an epic journey began.

Starting at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty the Queen (Head of the Commonwealth) placed a secret message to the Commonwealth inside a baton. This baton was then sent off on its voyage around the Commonwealth, to visit the diverse communities of the 70 nations and territories preparing to compete this summer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games,which will feature 17 sports, including five Para-Sports. You can find out more about the sports they’re competing in by clicking on the links below:

Use the links below to find out more about the 17 sports and 5 Para-Sports that took place at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

As it travelled for 288 days, covering over 190,000km, the baton provided a powerful symbol of the unity and diversity binding the Commonwealth nations in coming together for the Games, to celebrate sport and culture. Each time the baton is passed on, it cements Commonwealth friendship and reinforces the ways in which we are connected.

The content of the message the baton holds remained a secret until the Queen read it aloud to all competing teams at the Opening Ceremony of the Games at Celtic Park, on 23 July 2014.

Many schools enjoyed supporting Team England, Team Scotland, Team Northern Ireland and Team Wales.

Capture the spirit of the baton and the message it carries with the resources inspired by the Queen’s Baton Relay.