As a countdown to the Commonwealth Games, the prototype of Queen's Baton was unveiled at a spectacular show in New Delhi on Sunday. The Governor of Delhi, Lt.Tejinder Khanna performed the honour to a thunderous applause from the hundreds of enthusiastic crowd who had gathered at the majestic India Gate lawns on the eve of Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March every year.
“The visitors coming to India for the Games would retain only good memories when they go back. There shall be no doubt about security. The policing will be tight during the Games and I can assure all a peaceful and secure Commonwealth Games,” said Khanna.
Among those present were Commonwealth Games Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra.

More than 200 artistes from across the country performed cultural programmes on the occasion. The event became all the more electrifying because of the laser shows and fireworks. The programme progressed into a depiction of India at its best. Undoubtedly the highlight of the show was the ethereal performance by the Flying Angels. These artistes from the UK were lifted high in the air with the help of a giant crane. They mesmerised the whole crowd with their heavenly and graceful moves. A spectacular display of fireworks in the background made it a truly magical show.
The baton relay will start from the Buckingham Palace, London, in November this year.

Commonwealth Day celebration at India Gate lawns.

Governor of Delhi Lt.Tejinder Khanna with the Commonwealth baton at the unveiling of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

A south-east Asian performance

An Indian classical dancer.

Magical performance by the Flying Angels

All the performers together at the end of the show.

Shera sends his love and thanks to all.