Fencers guard the Baton in Antigua ©Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Committee

The Queen’s Baton is now heading for Canada and is set to visit the site of the first Commonwealth Games staged in Hamilton, Ontario during August 1930.

It has arrived from Hamilton in Bermuda, where town crier Ed Christopher announced its arrival at the Cabinet Grounds for an appointment with the Premier David Burt.

Drummers of the Bermuda Regiment accompanied the Baton as it made its way through the grounds.

"The Government is committed to ensuring they have the support they need to continue to compete on the international stage," Premier Burt told the gathering.

"As a country, we are fortunate to have what is undoubtedly an exciting crop of talent representing Bermuda now and into the future," he added.

"As an avid fan of sport I am thoroughly looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and cheering on Bermuda's men and women as they take on some of the world's best."

Team Chef de Mission Donna Raynor was also present to see the passage of the Baton.

"As the Chef de Mission for the Games, I am excited that our team is really shaping up and I have no doubt that it will perform and give 100 per cent and make us proud," Raynor said.

Schoolchildren escorted the Batonbearers who included Rio 2016 Olympic swimmer Julian Fletcher, who swam at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and sprinter Debbie Jones Hunter, who competed for Bermuda at the Montreal 1976 Olympics and appeared at the 1974 and 1978 Commonwealth Games

In Antigua, the Baton visited Frigate Bird Sanctuary, the largest in the Western Hemisphere with a population of approximately 100,000 birds. 

Sprinter Dwayne Fleming and swimmer Ethan Greene both carried the Baton and it was also taken on board a sailing dinghy.

In St Lucia, the Baton’s 60th destination, Batonbearers visited Praslin Bay, a site where the Caribbean’s first indigenous agriculture biotech firm is working on a project to prevent invasive seaweed which represents a threat to the island's ecosystem.

Algas Organics founder Johanan Dujon carried the Baton.

In St Vincent and the Grenadines the Baton travelled from Richmond through the western side of the mainland before ending the first day at Fort Charlotte, which overlooks the capital Kingston.

The Queen's Baton arrived in St Vincent from St Lucia ©Facebook/SVGOlympicCommittee
The Queen's Baton arrived in St Vincent from St Lucia ©Facebook/SVGOlympicCommittee

On a clear day it is possible to see as far away as Grenada.

Youth athletes Darren Morgan and Marika Baptiste carried the Baton with pride during the Relay.

The Baton also visited the Wallilabou Falls which form part of a national heritage site.

It further paid a call at a number of schools where children were given the chance to hold the Baton.

"It is fantastic to have the Baton arrive in St Vincent and the Grenadines Its arrival signifies an exciting moment in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham" St Vincent and the Grenadines Squash Association President Kevin Hannaway said.

The Central Leeward Secondary school also performed to mark the passing of the Baton.

The next week will also see the Baton visit Gibraltar before it makes a special extra stop in London to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.