Baton arrives in London before Commonwealth Games

Louis Smith, Sir Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington were there to welcome the Queen's Baton to London ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Queen's baton tours Olympic Park

Sir Matthew Pinsent abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit with the Queen's Baton Credit: Chris Radburn for Glasgow 2014/PA

The Queen's Baton was taken to new heights today when rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent carried it down the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Olympic Park. It was part of a day of festivities to mark the Baton passing through London, ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

A range of different sports were available for Londoners to take part in.

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Commonwealth baton at Olympic park

Ahletes and baton bearers will take over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to celebrate the upcoming Commonwealth Games today. Around 20,000 people will be able to see the Queen's Baton Relay pass through the park and try a range of sports including, athletics, dancing, boxing and netball.

Yeaoman Warders posed with the Queen's Baton in front of Tower Bridge yesterday Credit: Tim Ireland for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire

Athletes brave the rain to receive Queen's baton

Olympic athletes and 2014 Commonwealth Games ambassadors Rebecca Adlington, Louis Smith and Sir Chris Hoy braved the wet weather this morning to welcome the Queen's baton to the capital.

Commonwealth Games ambassador and Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy carries the Queen's Baton across the Millennium Bridge Credit: Chris Radburn for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire
The Gloriana with the Queen's Baton on board receives a water spraying guard of honour from the London Fire Brigade Credit: Tim Ireland for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire

The baton will next head north towards Glasgow ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month.

Olympic athletes and 2014 Commonwealth Games ambassadors Rebecca Adlington, Louis Smith and Sir Chris Hoy Credit: Tim Ireland for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire
Batonbearer Rebecca Donnelly and Yeoman Warder Moira Cameron Credit: Tim Ireland for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire
Yeaoman Warders Crawford Butler and Moria Cameron Credit: Tim Ireland for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire
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