Her Majesty The Queen officially launched the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in a unique ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021.
The Queen, accompanied by The Earl of Wessex, attended a special ceremony on the forecourt of the Palace to launch the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay. They were joined by Batonbearers made up of athletes who went on to compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, young flagbearers from the West Midlands, the Birmingham 2022 Hometown Heroes and representatives from across the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. The Queen’s Baton went on to visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth for 294 days, covering 140,000 kilometres. The global journey concluded at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.
The Baton was delivered to Buckingham Palace after being carried from Horse Guards Parade and down the Mall by the Birmingham 2022 Hometown Heroes, champions of grassroots sport in the West Midlands, who were accompanied by a Tri-Service military band. One of the Hometown Heroes, Kevin Dillon, a boxing coach from Brierley Hill, brought the Baton to the stage, commencing the start of the ceremony.
In one of the most high profile locations in the UK, OPUS procured all of the following elements to deliver this prestigious event coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic: a bespoke stage with flooring and fascia of with ramp access red carpet and plinths, flags, screens, platforms for camera positions, FOH for AV control, security and stewards, seating, toilets, marquees and associated furniture for production, event control and dressing rooms, heras and crowd barriers, generators and distro, staffing for the live event including Stage Management and Show Caller, Site Management, including local crew, Health & Safety Management, Road Closure Management, BSL Interpretation services, Accreditation, Branding, Handwashing and Covid mitigation.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
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