Queen thrills royal fans with return from Buckingham Palace after months of absence | Royal | New
The Queen and Prince Edward have started the 16th Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year. The mother and son appeared in good spirits as they stepped out onto the forecourt of the Sovereign’s official residence in London.
Her Majesty donned a bright orange outfit, paired with her black gloves, purse and shoes.
Her choice seems to have been highly regarded by royal fans.
Speaking to Twitter, one named Alex Jones wrote: “She looks gorgeous today.”
Another, Rita Mackenzie, tweeted: “Delighted to see Kadeena Cox launch the #CommonwealthGames Baton Relay.
“#ReineElizabeth looks gorgeous in her orange outfit.
“It reminds me of when I participated! #ProudToBeBritish”.
The monarch was reportedly at Buckingham Palace for the last time in June to hold an audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Prince Edward’s presence alongside the Queen today is particularly significant in the wake of Prince Philip‘s death.
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The late Duke of Edinburgh was appointed President of the Commonwealth Games Federation in 1955, a title he held for three decades.
During this time, he opened the games six times.
Prince Edward has already taken over the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the heirloom program started by Prince Philip in the 1950s.
His presence today may suggest that the Earl will play a big role in future games in place of his father.
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The Commonwealth Games have been held every four years for the past nine decades.
Birmingham will be the third UK city to host the games since their inception.
Next year, 72 nations and territories will participate in the games at 14 locations across the Midlands.
The baton relay marks the start of the event’s countdown, which will take place between July 28 and August 9.
The queen has included her personal message inside the staff, to be transmitted through the various nations participating in the tournament.
The stick, a highly technological object that records the heartbeat of the people who wear it and records information about the countries it visits, will take 294 days to travel around the world.
After today’s departure, its first stop will be in Cyprus on Saturday.
The first baton to receive it from the Queen’s hands was parathlete Kadeena Cox MBE.
Among the territories the staff must cross are the Caribbean, North America, and even the Falkland Islands.
The Queen’s message will only be opened when the witness returns to the United Kingdom next July and read in full during the opening ceremony of the games.
The Queen’s Relay of the Baton ceremony marked the biggest event the Queen has attended at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic.
The monarch left her London residence on March 17 last year and has lived in Windsor Castle ever since.
She has only returned to the palace a few times to attend key events, including the official opening of Parliament in May.