Elegant in orange! Queen is radiant as she launches Commonwealth Games relay from Buckingham PalaceThe Queen, 95, donned an elegant orange coat with a matching hat featuring floral detailing for the event in the forecourt of her London home this morning.

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  • The 95-year-old monarch has launched The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace
  • The royal opted to wear an orange ensemble as an appearance with Prince Edward
  • The Queen holds a message inside the baton before being set off with Paralympian Kadina Cox’s emblem
  • The occasion marked the first major engagement at the London residence since the pandemic began

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The Queen launched the Commonwealth Games baton relay at Buckingham Palace today ahead of the event in Birmingham 2022.

The 95-year-old monarch wore a beautiful orange coat with a matching cap featuring floral details for the event in the courtyard of her official London home this morning.

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Her Majesty, who attended the event with youngest son Prince Edward, carried her message in the baton, before Paralympic gold medalist Kadina Cox left to carry the emblem on the first leg of her journey.

It is the Queen’s first major engagement at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic began. She returned to her Berkshire home earlier this week after a summer in Balmoral.

The Queen launches the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace today ahead of the event in Birmingham 2022

The Queen launched the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace today ahead of the event in Birmingham 2022

The Prince attended an event hosted by Edward at Buckingham Palace this morning in his first major engagement at the residence since the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Prince attended an event hosted by Edward at Buckingham Palace this morning in his first major engagement at the residence since the outbreak of COVID-19.

In photos taken earlier this week, the Queen can be seen holding the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games baton, which will carry her message during the relay starting at Buckingham Palace in London.

It is the first time the Queen has been seen since the news broke that the ruling friend of Dubai was responsible for the illegal UK phone hacking.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was able to spy on the parliamentary emails of Tory Peer and former royal lawyer Fiona Shackleton.

Yesterday it emerged Sheikh Mohamed also hacked the iPhone of Ms Shackleton’s client Princess Haya, his wife who had fled to Britain fearing for her and her employees’ lives.

Today, the relay of 7,500 bearers will take the baton on a 90,000-mile journey to all 72 countries and territories of the Commonwealth over 294 days.

The Monarch’s message will be automatically sealed in a ‘smart’ baton, enhanced with state-of-the-art technology, and read at the opening ceremony of the Games in Birmingham on 28 July 2022.

The Queen is a patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was joined during the ceremony by the institution’s deputy patron, the Earl of Wessex.

Representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation, grassroots sports organizations from the West Midlands and athletes competing in the Games will participate.

The monarch can be seen chatting with the first baton bearer, British parasport athlete Kadina Cox, at the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022.

The monarch can be seen chatting with the first baton bearer, British parasport athlete Kadina Cox, at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022.

The Queen is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was joined during the ceremony by the institution's deputy patron, the Earl of Wessex.

The Queen is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was joined during the ceremony by the institution’s deputy patron, the Earl of Wessex.

The monarch appeared in high spirits as Prince Edward joined her at an event in London today

The monarch appeared to be in high spirits after joining Prince Edward at an event in London today

The emperor chose a sparkling orange ensemble for the occasion and draped it with dark gloves.

The emperor chose a sparkling orange ensemble for the occasion and draped it with dark gloves.

The Queen wore an elegant orange coat with a matching cap with floral detailing for the event in the courtyard of her official London home this morning.

The Queen wore an elegant orange coat with a matching cap with floral details for the event in the courtyard of her official London home this morning.

The Queen wore an elegant orange coat with a matching cap with floral detailing for the event in the courtyard of her official London home this morning.

Prince Edward, the monarch's youngest child, joined them at an event in London earlier today (pictured)

Prince Edward, the monarch’s youngest child, joined them at an event in London earlier today (pictured)

During the event, the Queen and Edward will meet the design team behind the baton, described by its makers as the ‘first true smart baton’.

It has a 360-degree camera, a monitor that displays carriers’ heartbeats, LED lighting, GPS tracking and has ‘lungs’ – atmospheric sensors that use laser technology to analyze environmental conditions anywhere in the world. – while its ‘brain’ will record and transmit imagery and digital information.

In photos released today, the royal can be seen inspecting the baton after it was presented at Windsor Castle on Monday.

This comes after extraordinary revelations were made by politicians surrounding the sheikh friend of the queen.

Labor MP Kris Bryant said last night that it should be given a ‘wake up call’.

He said: ‘The Foreign Office needs to do a proper investigation of our relationship with Dubai and I would have thought the Foreign Secretary would call the Ambassador for a ‘meeting without coffee’.

A senior judge concluded that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a horse racing-loving friend of the royal family and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, committed an “absolute abuse of trust and indeed an abuse of power”.

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