Queen Elizabeth returns to Buckingham Palace to launch relay relay at Commonwealth Games, the first major event since the pandemic

Queen Elizabeth has returned to Buckingham Palace for its first major event there since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March last year.

Her Majesty launched the Commonwealth Games 2022 Relay Relay ahead of the Games taking place in Birmingham next July.

That Earl of Wessex joined his mother in his role as Deputy Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation. The Queen is the patron and leader of the Commonwealth.

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Her Majesty the Queen with the Earl of Wessex launches the Queens Baton Relay from Buckingham Palace. (Getty)

Today’s ceremony was the largest the Queen had attended at her residence in London since she left the capital when the pandemic began to spread across Britain.

The cane will now pass through all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth – including Australia – and take it on a 144, 840-kilometer journey that is expected to take 294 days.

For today’s occasion, the Queen chose an orange Angela Kelly-designed coat and matching hat.

Queen Elizabeth wore a diamond brooch that was part of a wedding gift. (Getty)

She wore the large Nizam from Hyderabad diamond rose brooch, which was originally part of a tiara given as a wedding gift when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

The original tiara had three detachable brooches, one large and two small, in the shape of roses. But the tiara was dismantled for create the burmese rubies tiara.

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The matching necklace has been worn twice by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Under her coat, the queen wore a blue and olive-patterned dress with a diamond and turquoise brooch, seen as she inspected the relay inside the palace.

During the event in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the Queen placed a message inside the relay.

Queen Elizabeth inspects the relay inside Buckingham Palace. (Getty)

The announcement will be read in full at the opening ceremony next year.

The relay also features a string of platinum in a nod to the Queen’s upcoming anniversary marking her 70 years on the throne.

British Paralympic gold medalist Kadeena Cox was honored to be the first relay winner, took it from the Queen and handed it over to Team England squash player Declan James and Team Wales boxer Lauren Price.

The wand was carried past the Queen Victoria Memorial and down the mall before being sent to other bearers from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth II at the launch of The Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, XXII Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021 in London, England. The relay will span 294 days and Baton will visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. (Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images for Commonwealth Games Federation / Birmingham 2022) (Getty Images for Commonwealth Ga)

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The stick will then be seen at Birmingham Airport before departing for the first overseas stop, Cyprus, on Saturday.

It has been described as the “first true smart relay” because of its high-tech features.

The stick includes a 360-degree camera, a heart rate monitor, LED lighting and GPS tracking. It also has the ability to analyze environmental conditions, no matter where they are in the world.

There are 54 members of the Commonwealth, representing a third of the world’s population.

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