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Queen's Baton Relay
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London, England Transcript

(Guests/media arrive; Karak and minder are outside the Palace Gates entertaining the crowd; band marches into forecourt; M2006 branded taxis enter forecourt; children enter forecourt, carrying flags and are positioned between taxis)

VOICE OVER: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a very special day of celebration ??? a celebration of the unity and diversity of the Commonwealth of nations.

Today we witness the commencement of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen???s Baton Relay.

At every Commonwealth Games since Cardiff, Wales in 1958, Her Majesty???s 'message to the athletes' has been carried by a succession of honorary relay runners, from Buckingham Palace to the opening ceremony, in a purpose-built baton. The Melbourne 2006 Queen???s Baton is the most technologically advanced baton ever.

(Video 1 ??? the ???baton???)

VOICE OVER: The Melbourne 2006 Queen???s Baton will travel longer and further and be seen by more people than ever before.

(Video 2 ??? the ???baton route???)

(The screen reverts to M2006 graphics; the band moves into position)

(The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and attended by her Lady-in-Waiting, leaves the King???s Door on foot with the Queen???s Police Officer)

(The Queen is greeted at the Kings Door by M2006 Chairman Ron Walker and Commonwealth Games Federation President Mr Michael Fennell)

VOICE OVER: Ladies and gentlemen, Her Majesty The Queen.

(The Queen???s party walks across the Quadrangle and enter the forecourt through the North Centre arch)

(The Queen???s party divide. The Queen and Ronald Walker move stage right, past the taxis, to begin greeting the Children in their groups. The Duke of Edinburgh and Michael Fennell move stage left, past the taxis, to begin greeting the Children in their groups)

(The Queen and Ronald Walker arrive stage right and enter the stage. The Duke of Edinburgh and Michael Fennell arrive at the stage and enter the stage. The party take their positions on stage)

(The band plays the national anthem)

(The band marches towards the Centre Gates and fan out left and right to take their positions behind the spectator pools)

(The celebrity runners are announced by the MC and all enter from the North Centre Arch and join the dignitaries on stage, by stage centre, each presented to the Queen. The Runners then take their positions stage right)


VOICE OVER: The Melbourne 2006 Queen???s Baton is a truly ???smart??? baton. It uses the latest in communication technology to enable people across the globe to follow its epic journey to the games.

In a few moments, Her Majesty will insert her message, recorded electronically for the first time, into the baton. At that precise moment, the baton will go ???live???, broadcasting today???s proceedings to the world via the internet.

(Ronald Walker picks up the box containing the baton chip and invites the Queen to officially transfer her message to the Commonwealth to the Baton)

(Michael Fennell removes the baton from its plinth and presents it to the Queen for her to insert the chip)

(The Queen removes the chip from the box held by Ronald Walker, inserts it into the baton held by Michael Fennell, thus activating its systems)

(Michael Fennell continues to hold the baton for the duration of the lighting sequence. On completion of the baton???s lighting sequence, Michael Fennell passes the baton to the Queen)

(The Queen passes the baton to the first runner)

(The first runner presents the baton to the attendant guests and media)

(Live coverage from the baton and the ensuing action is projected onto the screen)

VOICE OVER: The world???s longest, most inclusive relay has begun. In one year and one day the Queens??? Baton will arrive at the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 206 Commonwealth Games.

By then it will have travelled more than 180,000 kilometres to across every continents and every ocean.

(The children, holding their flags, break formation to form an avenue linking the stage to the Palace Gates, placing their flags into the holders)

(A taxi - stage right - drives up to the stage and picks up future runners - exit stage centre - and exits the Palace through the centre Gates, turns left around the Queen Victoria Memorial and pauses by the steps)

(Another Taxi - stage left - drives up to the stage and picks up another runner - exit stage centre - and exits the Palace through the centre Gates, turns left around the Queen Victoria Memorial and pauses by the steps)

(The first runner, holding the baton, leaves the stage. Alongside, the second runner slowly jogs down the avenue of children and stops at the Palace Gates)

(The first runner turns to face the Queen there is a camera view of the children and flags)

(The screen reverts to countdown clock graphics)

(The first runner then turns to face towards the Palace Gates. As she does so, the children break ranks and jog in a loose formation behind her ???Rocky??? style to the Palace Gates)

(The first and second runners, plus the children, are joined by Karak at the Palace Gates and pause for the media)

(The first and second runners, plus the children, turn and wave goodbye to The Queen)

(The Queen and Her party exit stage right and return into the Palace via the North Centre Arch)

(Taxis drive from their positions to take their place behind the children at the Palace Gates)

(The first and second runners followed by the children and Karak followed by the four taxis exit the Palace via the centre gates and proceed left around the Queen Victoria Memorial and pause at the steps)

(The children spread out over the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial with Karak and minder positioned amongst them)

(The first runner passes the baton to the second runner ??? they pause for the media)

(Two taxis begin the procession down the left hand lane of The Mall)

(The second runner begins to jog behind the two taxis accompanied by police bike/security runner)

(The other taxis fall into place behind the second runner in formation)

(The first runner remains at the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial for the media)

(The guests and media move from the spectator pools into the Quadrangle)

(The children walk back from the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial into the Palace forecourt via the centre gates)

(The procession reaches the turning to Marlborough Road)

(The third runner gets out of a taxi and walks back to the second runner)

(The second runner hands the baton to the third runner and they pause for the media)

(The second runner gets into a taxi)

(The procession begins again with the third runner in place behind two taxis)

The fourth runner gets out of a taxi and walks back to the third runner)

(The third runner hands the baton to the fourth runner and they pause for the media)

(The third runner gets into a taxi)

(The procession begins again with the fourth runner in place behind two taxis)

(The procession reaches Admiralty Arch and comes to a stop at the lay-by)

(Steve Doran exits from a taxi)

(The fourth runner passes the baton to Steve Doran)

(Steve Doran returns to a taxi. The baton is placed into the ceremonial case)

(All taxis depart with the taxi holding the baton returning to Australia House)

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