Queen writes message for Commonwealth relay

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.

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The Queen at her desk in Balmoral signing the note which will be placed inside the torch. Credit: PA

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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Queen starts Games baton relay

The Queen has launched the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games baton relay around the globe. She included a hand-written a note hidden in the baton to be read for the first time at the opening ceremony.