Hoy carries Commonwealth Games baton to Palace

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.

Sir Chris Hoy carries the Commonwealth Games baton down The Mall. Credit: PA Wire

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.

Britain's most successful Olympian was given the honour of processing the symbol of Glasgow 2014 to Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA Wire

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).

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