Itâ€™s Wednesday 23 July 2014 and tens of thousands of people are eagerly taking their seats inÂ CelticÂ Park stadiumÂ to watch history unfold. The atmosphere is electric with murmurs of anticipation ricocheting back and forth off the stands.
Suddenly, the largest live performance in Glaswegian and Scottish history sparks into life in a crescendo of noise, music, visuals, dance and theatrics. The XX Commonwealth Games haveÂ arrived!
The climax of the ceremony will be the arrival of the Queen’s Baton. Bearing a message to the Commonwealth inside it which Her Majesty The Queen herself wrote back in October, it will be read aloud to mark the official opening of the Games.Â As we speak, theÂ Baton, created especially by Glasgow designer William Mitchell and fashioned using materials from across Scotland, is travelling around Africa.
Having started its epic 288-day adventure on 9 October from Buckingham Palace, it has so far visited 24 nations and territories, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Tuvalu.
After travelling around Asia and the Pacific, including someÂ of the furthest Queen’s Baton Relay stop-overs, itÂ has now reached equatorial Africa and is en route to Cameroon.
Welcomed by thousands of people from different cultures and travelling by many different means of transport, we thought weâ€™d share some of the amazing pictures of where the Baton has been to so far.
By the time it arrives at the Opening Ceremony, it will have travelled a total of 110,000km and visited 71 nations and territories. Why not track the progress of the Queenâ€™s Baton Relay as it winds its way around the globe towards Glasgow?
Thereâ€™s still time to make sure youâ€™re there at Celtic Park when Her Majesty The Queen reads out the Batonâ€™s message. The last tickets remaining for the Opening Ceremony are on sale now.
To find out more about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, including information about accommodation, travel and inspiration for things to see and do while youâ€™re here in Scotland, visit our Commonwealth Games section.
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