THE Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) arrived in Ballarat on Tuesday following a stop in Werribee and on-route to its next destination, Ararat.
Ballarat residents had the opportunity to see the Queen’s Baton as it made its way from the Museum of Australian Democracy, past the Town Hall and enroute to View Point, Lake Wendouree where a community celebration was held including a variety of entertainment, music and sporting demonstrations.
The Baton’s arrival in Ballarat marks day 50 of the Australian-leg of the relay.
The QBR started on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.
The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the past, present and future of the Gold Coast.
After travelling 288 days throughout the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton arrived onto Australian soil in Brisbane on 24 December 2017.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will continue throughout Australia, passing through the hands of approximately 3800 batonbearers before arriving on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open on 4 April 2018.