The Queen’s Baton Relay is similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, but for the Commonwealth Games. The baton carries a message from the Queen, which begins its journey at Buckingham Palace and finishes when the message is read aloud at the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

This year’s Commonwealth Games is being held on Australia’s Gold Coast in April.

“The thousands of people who carry the baton are local legends, nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community. The baton bearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great.”

Today the Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Hobart.IMG_1397IMG_1417

Several roads were closured for the relay during morning and evening rush hour, causing the below cartoon in this morning’s newspaper 🙂IMG_1425

But before we get to the Commonwealth Games, there are the Winter Olympics to enjoy.