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More islands and countries visited as Queen’s Baton relay continues

Baton carriers celebrate baton relay in Grenada

The final leg of the relay, which passes through all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, saw the relay taken on a tour of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Events and celebrations took place as the relay passed through Belize, Guyana, Grenada, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

In Belize, Baton visited the Mayan Temple of Xunantunich, an ancient Mayan site, where Belize national team EK Balam showcased his skills at Pok-Ta-Pok, a game in which he is a three-time world champion.

When the Baton was in Guyana, the Batonbearers walked among the treetops along the 30-meter-high suspension bridges, which form the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, where Guyana’s first para-athlete Walter Grant-Stuart starred as Batonbearer.

Stick bearers take over along the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway in Guyana

The Baton was dunked underwater at St George’s Harbor in Grenada while visiting the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, featuring casts of the lives of members of the local community.

In the Bahamas, the baton was taken to Thomas Robinson Stadium where members of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations relayed the baton, with Vashni Thompson and Austin Green among the athletes who carried the baton into the stadium.

Colorful costumes as people perform a Junkanoo in the Bahamas

When the stick traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands, community activist Velma Gardiner and student Archelande Joseph carried the stick to Isaac Organic Farm, which aims to provide fairly priced produce and new jobs to members of the community.

While in the Cayman Islands, which marked the 50th destination, the stick was taken to visit school children, hospital staff and medical centers, as well as local wildlife including stingrays and turtles.

Schoolchildren hold the baton as it crosses the Cayman Islands

The stick was taken to visit Donald Quarrie Secondary School in Jamaica, where namesake and athletics legend Donald Quarrie carried the stick and delivered an inspirational speech to staff and students.

1976 Olympic gold medalist Don Quarrie holds the baton alongside a student in Jamaica

In Trinidad and Tobago on April 19 and 20, the Baton visited scenic coral reefs, such as Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool, which was named by Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in 1962.

Stick bearers relayed the stick through all 11 regions of Barbados, visiting landmarks in each, including the Morgan Lewis Windmill in St John, which is one of only two sugar mills still in operation in the world.

Bat runner Ryan Archer gives batting a break on the beach in Barbados

Lisa Hampton, Queen’s Baton Relay Manager, said: “It is amazing that we have reached the 200th day of the Queen’s Baton Relay, having visited Barbados.

“The nations and territories that have hosted the Baton so far have done a brilliant job of showcasing their culture and their communities.

“It was amazing to see so many people, from schoolchildren to doctors and nurses, engaging with the Baton in the Cayman Islands, our 50th milestone destination.”

The Queen’s Baton will return to England on June 2 for a four-day visit to London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend, before resuming international travel.

He later returned to England on July 4 to begin a 25-day tour of all remaining regions.