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.

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Queen's message 'at the heart' of baton

Photos of the baton for next year's Commonwealth Games have been released and a secret message to athletes written by the Queen is "at the heart" of the design.

The baton has been designed to represent Scotland's natural resources and industrial heritage. Credit: Glasgow 2014

Her majesty's message is inscribed on parchment made by hand in Glasgow, using linen and plant fibre.

It will be lit up from within by LED lights, but remain unreadable until the opening ceremony.

Organisers said the lattice is inspired by Glasgow's "rich industrial and architectural heritage".

The handle is made from elm wood found in the grounds of Garrison House on the Isle of Cumbrae and is a "tribute" to Scotland's natural resources.

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