The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games baton has begun its symbolic journey around the globe after being launched on its way by the Queen.
Standing in the shadow of Buckingham Palace and with the Duke of Edinburgh by her side the Queen sent her baton on its epic trip of more than 120,000 miles.
The monarch placed the unique hand-crafted baton made of titanium, wood and granite into the hands of sprint legend Allan Wells, winner of four Commonwealth Golds and the 100 metre Olympic sprint title at the 1980 Moscow Games.
It will travel to across the Commonwealth - including all the home nations and territories before arriving back in Scotland in June next year.
On its final leg, the baton will be taken the length and breadth of Scotland on the way to its ultimate destination, the opening ceremony.
Illustration by Iain Green