14 June 2014
Last updated at 11:21
The Queen’s Baton Relay has arrived in Scotland as it begins a 40-day tour of the host country ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Triple gold medallist Daley Thompson handed the baton to Scottish athlete Eilidh Child on the border at Coldstream bridge at 07:45.
The baton then headed to Edinburgh where it took a ride on a tram and received a 21-gun salute at the castle.
The baton is the Commonwealth’s version of the Olympic torch,.
It has travelled about 100,000 miles and visited 69 nations and territories since October.
Edinburgh is the first Scottish city to welcome the baton, with more than 100 local baton-bearers lined up to carry it.
Up to 4,000 baton-bearers will take part in the Scottish relay.
The baton contains a message from the Queen, which will be read out at the opening ceremony on 23 July.
Batonbearer Samantha Kinghorn carrying the Queen”s Baton through Coldstream
David Laing carried the baton through Coldstream
Scottish hockey player Allan Dick boards a tram with the baton at Murrayfield stadium
The baton reached Shandwick Place via one of Edinburgh’s new trams
The baton was greeted by a 21-gun salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the Queen’s official birthday
The baton’s two-week tour of England ended when it was passed from Commonwealth Games decathlon triple gold medallist Daley Thompson to Scottish hurdler Eilidh Child, who won a silver medal in Delhi in 2010.
The handover was part of a ceremony on the bridge over the river Tweed at Coldstream in the Scottish Borders.
The moment was marked by BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton performing “Here’s to our Common Wealth”, a specially-commissioned song for the Queen’s Baton Relay.
Saturday 14 June – Coldstream and Edinburgh
- 0730 – Border crossing across the bridge at Coldstream with Daley Thompson handing the baton to Eilidh Child.
- 1046 – Travel on board a new Edinburgh tram.
- 1200 – 21 gun salute at Edinburgh Castle for the Queen’s official birthday.
- 1230 – Baton carried down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament.
- 1245 – Baton escorted into the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament by the presiding officer.
- 1316 – Baton carried through the central forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
- 1350 – Sports event at Meadowbank Stadium attended by the first minister.
- 1745 – Baton goes into Glasgow 2014 venue the Royal Commonwealth Pool for a diving display.
- 1920 – End of day celebration at the Ross Bandstand.
Baton-bearers in Coldstream included 91-year-old ice-skating teacher Bill Watt, who has been coaching children since 1964.
Following the early morning celebrations in the town, the baton travelled to Edinburgh, where it officially started its 40-day tour of Scotland.
Edinburgh is the only city in the world to welcome Commonwealth Games events for a third time.
It hosted the Games in 1970 and 1986 and this year’s diving competitions, featuring Olympic medallist Tom Daley, will be held at the Royal Commonwealth pool.
Glasgow 2014 have announced that Team Scotland’s table tennis star Craig Howieson, hammer-thrower Susan McKelvie, high jumper Allan Smith and former British, European, Commonwealth and World boxing champion Alex Arthur MBE will be baton-bearers in the city.
The baton will spend at least a day in each of Scotland’s local authority areas.
The first official stop was Heriot-Watt University before the baton moved on to Murrayfield Stadium.
From there the baton boarded a tram to Shandwick Place in the west end of the city centre.
It was then greeted by a 21-gun salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
It is being carried down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, where a run involving local children will take place.
The next stop will be Meadowbank Stadium, the home of the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games, before the baton is carried through Leith, Portobello and Duddingston.
It will then be received at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, where diving events at the 2014 Games will be held.
The end of the relay will be marked with a concert at the Ross Band Stand.
Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “Today marks a very special moment for the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and for Scotland as a whole as the countdown to our biggest-ever sporting and cultural celebration truly begins.
“Over the next 40 days thousands of people across Scotland can share the building excitement of our moment in history as we all get set to welcome the world to Scotland for what we all aim to be the best Commonwealth Games ever.”
The Queen’s baton relay route:
- 14 June: City of Edinburgh
- 15 June: West Lothian
- 16 June: Midlothian
- 17 June: East Lothian
- 18 June: Scottish Borders
- 19 June: Dumfries and Galloway
- 20 June: South Ayrshire
- 21 June: East Ayrshire
- 22 June: South Lanarkshire
- 23 June: North Lanarkshire
- 24 June: Falkirk
- 25 June: Clackmannanshire
- 26 June: Fife
- 27 June: Dundee City
- 28 June: Angus
- 29 June: Aberdeenshire
- 30 June: Aberdeen City
- 1 July: Shetland Islands
- 2 and 3 July: Moray
- 4 and 5 July: Perth Kinross
- 6 and 7 July: Stirling
- 8 July: Eilean Siar
- 10 July: Orkney Islands
- 11 and 12 July: Highland
- 13 July: Argyll and Bute
- 14 July: Inverclyde
- 15 July: North Ayrshire
- 16 July: East Renfrewshire
- 17 July: Renfrewshire
- 18 July: West Dunbartonshire
- 19 July: East Dunbartonshire
- 20 to 23 July: Glasgow City
A comprehensive list of towns the baton will visit each day in Scotland can be found on the Glasgow 2014 website.