THE Royal Borough is set to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay in the build-up to the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Residents and communities have been encouraged to cheer on the baton relay when it arrives at the borough on July 6 and visits Maidenhead, Eton, and Windsor during its final journey through England.

The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up of the games in Birmingham.

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Before it kickstarts the games during the opening ceremony on July 28, the baton will spend four days in London from June 2, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

It will then continue its international journey and return to England on July 4 to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.

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During its time in the Royal Borough, the Queen’s Baton Relay will depart from Maidenhead via the waterways before travelling on water, foot and bike through Eton and into Alexandra Gardens in Windsor for a community celebration.

Council leader Andrew Johnson said: “I am delighted that we have been chosen to showcase our amazing borough for this unique one-off event. Our communities in Maidenhead, Eton and Windsor will be celebrating this part of the Baton’s journey across the South East and we hope it will inspire more people to get active locally.

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“We also hope the event will provide an opportunity to highlight some of the Commonwealth sporting activities within the time we have the Baton as well as providing the community the opportunity to try them out – who knows, we might find a future Commonwealth Games star.”

The full schedule of activity for the Baton’s time in the Royal Borough will follow.