The diverse nature of the Commonwealth has continued to be on display during the Baton relay ©Gold Coast 2018

Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla have become the latest countries to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

Having left Barbados, the fifth leg of its Caribbean tour, the Baton spent four days travelling around Dominica.

It was greeted by the Kalinago, Dominica’s first people, with a cultural ceremony and dancing marking its arrival.

President of Dominica, Charles Savarin, officially started the relay in the country with several of the nations top athletes among those taking part.

The Baton was relayed from the capital, Roseau, to Windsor Park.

It also visited the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation world heritage site of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, before being taken down the Indian River in Portsmouth on a traditional canoe.

Antigua and Barbuda opted for a different approach, as they conducted a smaller version of the relay, but aimed to give the public a longer opportunity to be part of the festivities by hosting smaller events.

It was carried by local volleyball and basketball teams, as well as the junior national men and women’s football squads.

An event took place at the Queen Victoria Park Botanical Gardens, where last year Prince Harry unveiled a plaque for the Queen’s Commonwealth canopy project, which seeks to promote forest conservation.

Antigua and Barbuda was among the latest nations to host the Baton ©Gold Coast 2018
Antigua and Barbuda was among the latest nations to host the Baton ©Gold Coast 2018

The Baton then travelled around the coral island of Barbuda, where it visited a local bird sanctuary and Martello Tower, a former British fort.

Montserrat was the Baton’s next destination, staying on the small island for four days, with its capital Plymouth among the areas to host activities.

It was taken to a local school, where children were taught about its sustainability, having been made of plastic collected from Gold Coast’s waterways.

The class took place on “Ocean Day”, with the children being taught the importance of protecting it to achieve a more sustainable future.

The Baton then spent four days in St Kitts and Nevis, before arriving in Anguilla.

It carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in a peaceful and friendly competition.

The relay began at Buckingham Palace in London at the start of March.

Having visited 18 African nations over the course of a two-month period, the first port of call in the Caribbean for the Baton was Trinidad and Tobago from May 28 to 31.

The Baton's trip across the Caribbean is due to conclude with a five-day visit to the Cayman Islands from July 14 to 18.

It will then head to the Americas, starting in The Bahamas from July 18 to 24.