When the Commonwealth Games begin in Edinburgh later this month, the Queen's message for the opening will have come a long way.
When the Commonwealth Games begin in Edinburgh later this month, the Queen's message for the opening will have come a long way. On Wednesday(July 8), Queen Elizabeth gave the baton containing the message to three runners in Yellowknife, part of Canada's North-West Territories.
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne spent Wednesday touring the Great Slave Lake region of Canada, and attended a buffalo barbecue at the Fort Smith settlement.
Three runners, two from Canada and one from Jamaica, the host country for the last Commonwealth Games, were introduced to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who will read the Queen's message to open the Games.
The Queen handed the baton containing the message to Abbie Hoffman, one of Canada's leading women athletes. She and the other two runners began the relay to Yellowknife Airport where it will be flown to Prestwick Airport in Scotland. More athletes will relay it from there to Edinburgh.
Earlier in the day, the royal party flew from Yellowknife to Fort Smith where a buffalo barbecue was held in a forest outside town. The Queen wandered among the townspeople, but a large number of Fort Smith's population of 2,000 watched Prince Charles as he tasted a thick portion of the spit-roasted buffalo meat.
On an observation platform on the banks of the Slave River, the Royal family were presented with a buffalo skin and bookends made from buffalo horns. Indian guides answered questions about local animals and flowers.
Later Prince Charles and Princess Anne went for a walk on a lakeside beach near the town. There they mingled with young people, and answered questions that were put to them. The royal pair ate hamburgers doused with ketchup and at one point the Prince of Wales passed around a tray of hamburgers to the crowd, telling them they would have to put the sauce on themselves.
The sunny weather and warm temperature -- 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Centigrade) -- was a change from the cold the royal party had encountered earlier in the week.