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The Queen wears bright orange as she launches a Commonwealth Games relay

The Queen today launched Commonwealth Games baton relay at Buckingham Palace today ahead of the event in Birmingham 2022.

The monarch, 95, donned an elegant orange coat with a matching hat featuring floral detailing for the event in the forecourt of her official London home this morning.

Her Majesty, who was joined by Prince Edward at the event, placed her message in the baton, before Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox set off to carry the symbol on the first leg of its journey.

It marks the Queen’s first major engagement at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic began. She returned to her Berkshire home earlier this week following a summer in Balmoral.

The Queen today launched Commonwealth Games baton relay at Buckingham Palace today ahead of the event in Birmingham 2022 

The monarch was joined by Prince Edward at the event at Buckingham Palace earlier this morning in her first major engagement at the residence since Covid-19 began

The monarch was joined by Prince Edward at the event at Buckingham Palace earlier this morning in her first major engagement at the residence since Covid-19 began 

In photographs taken earlier this week, the Queen could be seen looking at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Baton that will carry a message from her during a relay which starts at Buckingham Palace in London

 It’s the first time the Queen has been seen since the news broke of her Dubai ruler friend being responsible for illegal UK phone hacking.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was able to snoop on the parliamentary emails of Tory peer and former royal lawyer Fiona Shackleton. 

Yesterday it emerged Sheikh Mohammed also hacked the iPhone of Ms Shackleton’s client Princess Haya, his wife who fled to Britain in fear of her life and those of her staff.

The relay of 7,500 bearers will take the baton on a 90,000-mile journey to all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over 294 days.

The monarch’s message will be automatically sealed in the ‘smart’ baton, enhanced with cutting-edge technology, and will be read at the opening ceremony of the Games in Birmingham on July 28 2022.

The Queen is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was joined during the ceremony by the institution’s vice patron, the Earl of Wessex.

Representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation, grassroots sports organisations from the West Midlands and athletes competing in the Games will attend.

The monarch could be seen chatting to the first baton bearer, British parasport athlete Kadeena Cox, at the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022

The monarch could be seen chatting to the first baton bearer, British parasport athlete Kadeena Cox, at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022

The Queen is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was joined during the ceremony by the institution's vice patron, the Earl of Wessex

The Queen is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was joined during the ceremony by the institution’s vice patron, the Earl of Wessex

The monarch appeared in high spirits as she was joined by Prince Edward at the event in London today

 The monarch appeared in high spirits as she was joined by Prince Edward at the event in London today 

The monarch opted for a stunning orange ensemble for the occasion and wrapped up warm with dark gloves

The monarch opted for a stunning orange ensemble for the occasion and wrapped up warm with dark gloves 

The Queen donned an elegant orange coat with a matching hat featuring floral detailing for the event in the forecourt of her official London home this morning

The Queen donned an elegant orange coat with a matching hat featuring floral detailing for the event in the forecourt of her official London home this morning

The Queen donned an elegant orange coat with a matching hat featuring floral detailing for the event in the forecourt of her official London home this morning

The monarch's youngest child Prince Edward joined her for the event in London earlier today (pictured)

The monarch’s youngest child Prince Edward joined her for the event in London earlier today (pictured) 

During the event, the Queen and Edward will meet the design team behind the baton described by its makers as the ‘first true smart baton’.

It features a 360-degree camera, a monitor that displays the heartbeats of bearers, LED lighting, GPS tracking and has ‘lungs’ – atmospheric sensors which use laser technology to analyse the environmental conditions wherever it is in the world – while its ‘brain’ will record and transmit imagery and digital information.

In photographs released today, the royal can be seen inspecting the baton after being presented with it at Windsor Castle on Monday.  

It’s been a busy week for the Queen, who yesterday stepped out to meet members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in her first appearance at Windsor Castle following her return to Balmoral.

Her Majesty was resplendent in blue as she chatted with members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who have been invited to serve as the Queen’s Guard in honour of the regiment’s 150th anniversary.

The occasion marked the Queen's first major engagement at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic began

The occasion marked the Queen’s first major engagement at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic began

At one stage the pair could be seen sharing a laugh as they spoke with staff ahead of the ceremony beginning

At one stage the pair could be seen sharing a laugh as they spoke with staff ahead of the ceremony beginning

The royal appeared in good spirits as she arrived at her first official engagement at the palace in 18 months

The royal appeared in good spirits as she arrived at her first official engagement at the palace in 18 months

The royal appeared in good spirits as she arrived at her first official engagement at the palace in 18 months 

Beneath her vibrant orange coat, which featured brown buttons and military style detailing, the royal wore a green floral skirt

Beneath her vibrant orange coat, which featured brown buttons and military style detailing, the royal wore a green floral skirt 

She donned the Canadian Maple Leaf Royal Brooch, which was initially gifted from her King George VI to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, for their state visit of Canada in 1939. 

The monarch, who last week spoke publicly for the first time about her late husband Prince Philip’s death, appeared in good spirits as she spoke with soldiers at Windsor Castle.

It’s her first time being pictured at her Berkshire home, which she arrived at on Saturday following an extended stay at her Scottish estate following Prince Philip’s death.

And days earlier, she reminisced over the ‘many happy memories’ with the Duke of Edinburgh in ‘this wonderful country’ during her speech in Holyrood’s debating chamber on Saturday.

The monarch appeared overjoyed as she inspected the baton earlier this week at Windsor Castle (pictured) 

7,500 bearers take the baton on a 90,000-mile journey to all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over 294 days (pictured, the Queen with the baton)

7,500 bearers take the baton on a 90,000-mile journey to all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over 294 days (pictured, the Queen with the baton) 

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