The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Huddersfield as a one of many stops on its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which 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 showstopping 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 July 28 2022.
Kicking off on Thursday June 2, the baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday July 4 to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.
The England leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay, which is proudly partnered with Longines, has a busy schedule of activities and events planned, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community.
On Tuesday July 12, the Queen’s Baton will visit Huddersfield during its journey through Yorkshire and Humber.
Clr Shabir Pandor, eader of Kirklees Council, said: “I am thrilled that Huddersfield has been chosen as a destination for the Queen’s Baton Relay, as part of its incredible journey through England this summer.
“The backgrounds and stories of the batonbearers, chosen for their contributions to their local communities in sport, education, the arts, culture and charity, will provide inspiration to people of all ages.
“Many of our residents have links to Commonwealth countries which gives us yet another reason to come together as a community to celebrate the arrival of the baton which puts Huddersfield, and Kirklees, firmly on the map.”
Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.
Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will carry the baton each day, and the relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its tour of the country.
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). From energetic cities and historic market towns, to rolling countryside and rugged coastline, 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 October 7 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, 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 July 3, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.
The dates of when the Baton visits each region are:
- 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
or more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr.