The Queen's Baton visited Jersey before heading to Gibraltar ©Gold Coast 2018

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton is preparing to spend its final 10 days in Europe before heading to Asia.

The relay will see its European leg conclude with stages in Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus over the next 10 days.

The Baton is currently in Gibraltar and will stay there until September 21.

Gibraltar is home to a team of young swimmers that have already spent time with the Baton earlier this year at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.

Moving east, the Baton will then land in Malta for a stop between September 21 and 25.

The Baton's European leg then concludes in Cyprus from September 25 to 28.

Europe has been home to the Baton since August 16 when it touched down in England.

Since then, it has visited Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Guernsey and Jersey.

The Queen’s Baton recently stopped in England during its European leg ©CGE
The Queen’s Baton recently stopped in England during its European leg ©CGE

From Cyprus, the Baton heads to the relay’s penultimate international region, Asia, arriving in Lahore in Pakistan on September 29.

The Asian leg will see the Baton move from Pakistan to India before touring Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.

It then moves to Oceania, eventually landing back in Brisbane, Australia, on Christmas Eve, just 100 days before the Games begin.

The Baton contains a message from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, that calls on the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in a peaceful and friendly competition.

The message will be taken from the Baton and read at the Opening Ceremony of Gold Coast 2018 on April 4. 

Prince Charles will officially open the Games in place of the Queen.