Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy told ITV News the Commonwealth Games holds "some of the most memorable moments" in his career as the Glasgow 2014 baton started its trip around the world.
The retired cyclist said he wanted to compete in the 2014 Games in front of his home crowd but "eventually the body gives up".
He added: "For me, some of the most memorable moments in my career came at a Commonwealth Games, my first ever individual gold medal came in 2002 in Manchester and I also won a gold medal in Melbourne in 2006 and these were real highlights of my career."
Sir Chris Hoy has made a triumphant journey to Buckingham Palace carrying the Commonwealth Games baton ahead of the start of the sporting event's global relay.
Britain's most successful Olympian was given the honour of processing the symbol of Glasgow 2014 down The Mall before the Queen launches the baton on its epic trip.
The cyclist, who has retired from competitive racing after winning a clutch of Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles, was joined by the Pipes and Drums 1st Battalion Scots Guards and the Pipes and Drums 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Royal Scots Borderers).