Festive capital welcome for Delhi Commonwealth Games baton

A specially decorated baton to mark the 2010 Commonwealth Games was given a Capital welcome when it came to the city on Monday 30 November.

The Indian-styled Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi visited Edinburgh on the eighth leg of its marathon journey across the globe ahead of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi on 3 October 2010.

A team of nine runners, including former, current and future Scottish Commonwealth Games athletes, raced the baton from Edinburgh Castle to Princes Street Gardens against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations.

It was officially launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace last month and the baton is now traversing the length and breadth of Commonwealth for 240 days visiting all of the other 70 nations, before embarking upon a 100 day national tour of India.

The relay will conclude in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi on 3 October 2010.  During the ceremony, the final Batonbearer will hand the baton back to Her Majesty, or her representative who will retrieve the message and read it aloud, officially opening the Games.

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