Across the world, our Commonwealth family of 2.4 billion people come together every year to renew our friendship, learn from our differences and celebrate our successes.
Today will be marked across the globe by a range of celebrations under the theme ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’, including a multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey in London attended by Her Majesty The Queen.
Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips said the day provides an important opportunity to reflect on the fellowship between the Nations and Territories of the Commonwealth, particularly leading up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Commonwealth Day 2017 holds a special significance, as it will see Her Majesty officially launch the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“The baton, bearing a special message from Her Majesty, will leave Buckingham Palace and travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory before arriving at the Opening Ceremony,” He said.
The message will be removed from the baton and read aloud by Her Majesty or a representative at the Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018.
The baton has been made using macadamia wood and recycled plastic sourced from Gold Coast waterways, a design that has been inspired by the region’s ‘vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage’ and with sustainability in mind.
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