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Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay to visit Hemel Hempstead


Poster to promote the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay coming to Hemel Hempstead

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay has been confirmed to visit Hemel Hempstead during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. The Baton will visit the town on Friday 8 July 2022, spending two days in the East of England between 8 and 9 July 2022

The Queen's Baton Relay is a journey that brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen's Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of show-stopping sport nears ever closer.

The Queen's Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend. It will then resume its international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to begin a 25-day tour of the regions.

On Friday 8 July 2022, Hemel Hempstead will officially welcome the Baton.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen's Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community.

During its time in Hemel Hempstead, the Queen's Baton Relay will visit Hemel Hempstead town centre, Old Town and Gadebridge Park and will experience performances from local sports groups, a wellness festival and other activities.

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route.

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: "We are thrilled and honoured that the Queen's Baton Relay will be passing through Hemel Hempstead on Friday 8 July, as part of its journey through all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. This is a great opportunity for our whole community to come together to cheer on the Batonbearers and enjoy the collective excitement in the lead-up to the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on 28 July."

Gail Buckland, Hemel Hempstead Business Improvement District (BID) Manager, said: "Hemel Hempstead has been given the fantastic opportunity of hosting the Baton Relay and Hemel Hempstead BID is pleased to be able to support what promises to be wonderful event. We hope this can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors from further afield and are really excited to be involved."

For more information on the Queen's Baton Relay, visit the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay page.

We will be providing more details about the route through Hemel Hempstead, and the exciting activities planned for the day over the coming weeks.

Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen's Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres). The Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland.

Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen's Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.

Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa and Oceania. It still has further destinations in the Caribbean, the Americas, and more countries in Europe, including the Home Nations consisting of five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland and five in Wales, where it will finish on Sunday 3 July, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.

Date when the Baton visits each region

  • 4 July – 5 July: South West
  • 6 July – 7 July: South East
  • 8 July – 9 July: East of England
  • 10 July – 11 July: East Midlands
  • 12 July – 13 July: Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 14 July – 15 July: North East
  • 16 July – 17 July: North West
  • 18 July – 28 July: West Midlands

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay, said: "Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth, we have worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sport venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the Queen's Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth, celebrates Batonbearers who take on challenges, and marks the countdown to the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it.

"We hope that communities across the country join the excitement, attend events near them, line the streets to cheer on our incredible Batonbearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games."

Commonwealth Games Federation President, Dame Louise Martin DBE, said: "The Queen's Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28."

The Queen's Baton

The Queen's Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused art, technology and science. Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the Baton also features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology - 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting.

  • The Queen's Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Baton Relay Batonbearer
  • Batonbearer on the island of Saint Helena
  • Image of the Baton taken in Singapore
  • Paralympian Kadeena Cox receiving the Baton from The Queen at the launch event