The Queen has written a message to athletes of the Commonwealth to mark the start of a baton relay around all its nations and territories before the Glasgow 2014 Games.
The note will be placed inside a specially made baton at Buckingham Palace today before it starts a 248-day journey around 70 nations and territories.
Her majesty wrote the note during her summer stay at Balmoral - but the contents will remain a secret until the Queen reads it aloud at the opening ceremony of the Games at Celtic Park on July 23 next year.
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