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THE QUEEN<br />
launched The Queen's Baton Relay for the XX Glasgow Commonwealth Games from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace_9/10/2013<br />
The baton was carried down the Mall towards the Palace by Sir Chris Hoy and was presented to Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. <br />
The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Imran ‚President of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Rt Hon Lord Smith of Kelvin ‚Chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.  <br />
In keeping with tradition, The Queen placed a personal message inside the baton, which will be reopened at the Opening Ceremony of the Games in Glasgow, Scotland, next year, when the message will then be read out to all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.  <br />
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