GC2018 Queen's Baton Replay stamp pack
The Queen's Baton Replay stamp pack comprises a sheetlet of 10 x $1 Queen's Birthday 2017 stamps. There are 10 stamp-tabs in the sheetlet featuring images of the Queen's Baton, Gold Coast 2018 logo.Read more
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation. A message from the monarch has been read at every Commonwealth Games since 1930. At the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games the tradition of the Queen’s Baton Relay was instigated. That year, the Queen handed her Games message, enclosed in a specially designed silver-gilt baton, to two relay runners at Buckingham Palace. The baton was then carried by a relay of runners to Cardiff so that the message could be read out by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Opening Ceremony.
Fifty-nine years later, on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on the historic forecourt at Buckingham Palace, signalling the official countdown to the start of the XXI Commonwealth Games. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II heralded the start of the Relay by placing her “message to the Commonwealth and its athletes” into the distinctive loop-design Queen’s Baton, which then set off on its journey around the globe.
The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest in Commonwealth Games history, covering 230,000 kilometres over 388 days, visiting the six Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Many thousands of batonbearers will carry the Queen’s Baton around the Commonwealth. In Australia alone there will be approximately 3,800 batonbearers who will share its remarkable journey.
The Baton will land on Australian soil on 24 December 2017 and will spend 100 days travelling through Australia, finishing its journey at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. Here the message calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition will be removed from the Baton and read aloud by Her Majesty’s representative, the Prince of Wales, to officially open the Games.
Designed for each Games by the host nation, the GC2018 Queen’s Baton has been made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic sourced from Gold Coast waterways. Inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit and First People heritage, the Baton represents our past, present and future.
Stamp design: Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp photograph: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
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