St Vincent and the Grenadines’ turn to host the Queen’s Baton Relay, is set for May 19 to 21, next year. Thus, SVG will be the 61st stop of the Baton of the 72 nations and territories. The Baton will be spending two days in SVG.
The Baton Relay was set to begin yesterday, October 7, at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would have placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton then takes a 294-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, arriving back in England in July 2022.
The Baton will travel an international route, spanning 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles. The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will travel almost half the distance than the previous Gold Coast Queen’s Baton Relay in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint.
Over the course of the Relay, the Baton is set to spend Christmas Eve in the Seychelles, will bring in the New Year in the Maldives and plans to be in Jamaica over the Easter weekend.
During each visit, nations and territories will host events and activities that showcase untold stories from Baton bearers, athletes, and young people who are striving for change in their community, as well as showcasing a project that addresses at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The global journey will conclude at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony where the final Baton bearer will return the Baton to Her Majesty the Queen.
When SVG hosted the Baton Relay in 2017, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the baton arrived here June 3, and left on June 6. The official relay activities though, took place June 5 and 6.