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The Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Cambridge and Wellcome Genome Campus ahead of 2022 Commonwealth Games



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The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton and an undisclosed location in Cambridge on July 9 ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The route of the baton has been revealed today with the stops it will visit during its final journey through England this summer.

The relay is set to travel around England for 29 days, before culminating at the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on July 28.

Queen Elizabeth II passes her baton to the baton bearer, British parasport athlete Kadeena Cox, during the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021 in London. The Queen and The Earl of Wessex are Patron and Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation respectively. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images) (56576897)
Queen Elizabeth II passes her baton to the baton bearer, British parasport athlete Kadeena Cox, during the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021 in London. The Queen and The Earl of Wessex are Patron and Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation respectively. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images) (56576897)

Kicking off on Thursday, June 2, the baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday, July 4, to begin a 25-day tour of the regions.

On July 9, the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton will officially welcome the baton, where an event will be held to bring together local communities to celebrate the relay, science and sport.

Later that day, the relay will continue on to visit Cambridge where a Pride event takes place on Jesus Green on the same day.

Dr Martin Dougherty, chief operating officer of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “It is truly an honour to host the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Queen's Baton Relay: International route. Graphic: PA
The Queen's Baton Relay: International route. Graphic: PA

“We are excited that the Wellcome Genome Campus has been chosen as a venue, and this is a fantastic opportunity to invite people from the local community, schoolchildren and our staff to come together for a jam-packed day that celebrates science and sport.”

The ticketed free event at Wellcome Genome Campus will be a collaboration with South Cambridgeshire District Council, and will have a range of entertainment, locally-sourced food vendors, plus science and sporting activities.

The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA
The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA

The leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Bridget Smith, said: “I am thrilled that the Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to South Cambridgeshire.

“It is a brilliant opportunity to get local communities, groups and schoolchildren together to witness this wonderful event.”

Cllr Anna Smith, leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the baton come to Cambridge in July.

“Work is under way on plans to support the visit and we will publish details in the coming weeks.”

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