Queen's Commonwealth Day Message

The Queen has highlighted how respect and understanding for one another are the cornerstones of peace in her annual message to the Commonwealth

Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley brought the baton to the palace before it was given to the Queen.

The Queen then placed her official message inside, which won't be read until the start of the Games, and passed it to Cyclist and Olympic champion Anna Meares.

She was joined by her former rival and now friend, Team GB champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton, to start the first leg of the relay.

Elizabeth issued a statement to the public ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth games, calling for unity and peace amongst the almost 2.5 billion Commonwealth citizens.

Mrs May said: "As we prepare to host the Commonwealth summit in London next April, we are reminded today of the unique and proud global relationships that we have forged with the diverse and vibrant alliance of Commonwealth nations".

"The cornerstones on which peace is founded are, quite simply, respect and understanding for one another", the Queen wrote in her Commonwealth Day message.

She will advocate "consensus and cooperation", in her annual message to the public on Commonwealth Day on Monday, calling for the 2.5 billion people who share that connection to come together.

Prime Minister Theresa May and her Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat, the current Commonwealth chairman, will also attend the service.

School children from all of the countries represented at the games were also at the event and there was a performance from Australian singer Cody Simpson.

"The Queen's Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our City such a wonderful place to live". It will travel 200,000 miles through 71 countries.

"We're delighted to be a part of an event that will take Gannawarra to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a baton bearer, whether they're an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished", Mr Gibson said.



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