Today, Her Majesty the Queen will launch the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace.
Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian, double Commonwealth Gold medallist, and recently appointed UNICEF UK Ambassador, will be the Baton’s special escort as it makes the processional journey down the Mall to receive the Queen’s message.
"I am so proud to be taking part in launching the Baton," said Sir Chris, who has supported UNICEF since 2009. "It brings together three of my life’s passions – sport, Scotland and making a difference for children.
"What could be more important than UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Games coming together to use the immense power of sport to transform children's lives around the Commonwealth, including at home in Scotland?"
Over 248 days the Baton will cover 198,000km, starting in New Delhi and visiting all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth until it reaches its final destination – the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.
"The Baton beginning its journey around the Commonwealth supported by young people will be a great day - and one that I hope will signal change in a great many lives,” added Sir Chris.
UNICEF and Glasgow 2014: Be part of it
Watch the Queen’s Baton Relay live on BBC 1 on Wednesday from 10.45am. The international journey of the Baton will be available to watch and follow on the BBC.