Queen’s Baton in Wales for 2014 Commonwealth Games
Leading up to the Commonwealth Games this summer, the Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through Wales at the end of May, causing great excitement as it does so! Dylan Thomas's boathouse and the Urdd Eisteddfod will be among venues visited during the week. The baton left Buckingham Palace on 9 October and will visit each of the 71 nations and territories in the Commonwealth. The 118,000 mile relay is far longer than the Olympic Torch relay and the baton will journey across the world before arriving in Glasgow for the Games.
From Cardiff Airport on 24 May the baton will be carried up through the South Wales valleys to Llandrindod Wells in Mid Wales. Day 3 will see the baton at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Bala before it heads back down to Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire by the fifth day. The baton will make its way from the Bishop's Palace in the tiny and picturesque city of St David’s, where it will be blessed by the Bishop. It will then journey to Machynlleth and reach North Wales on 29 & 30 May, visiting towns such as Beaumaris on Anglesey, Caernarfon, Ruthin and Rhyl.
With the likes of Dai Greene, Wales will be well represented at the Commonwealth Games and support for the athletes will be strong throughout our proud sporting nation. Since Wales hosted the first Queen's Baton Relay in 1958, the traditional opening of the Commonwealth Games has always been celebrated.