An email from notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has been read out at the funeral of Ronnie Biggs in which he paid tribute to the Great Train Robber as "staunch, solid, loyal to the end".
The homage from Bronson continued:
Much respect to a diamond geezer. I do hope the royal family show their respect with a nice train wreath. Three cheers to you Ron, we love you buddy.
Nick Reynolds, the son of the late mastermind of the 1963 robbery Bruce Reynolds, meanwhile described Biggs in heroic terms, saying:
The word legend is defined in the dictionary as an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field, and Ron certainly fits that description.
Speaking about the ill health Biggs had suffered in his last years, Mr Reynolds said: "The house was a wreck but the lights were on and Ron was very much at home."
Charles Bronson, one of the country's longest-serving prisoners, has paid his respects to Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs with a bouquet.
The flowers contained an old ten-bob note with the words "Ronnie Biggs RIP" scrawled across it.
Flowers in the shape of two fingers have travelled in the back of the hearse carrying the coffin of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs to his funeral.
A Stetson hat and a red-and-white Charlton Athletic scarf sat atop the flags of Brazil and the UK as Ronnie Biggs' coffin was carried into a packed-out chapel in north London.
When Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs was last seen in public, at the funeral of robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds, Biggs stuck two fingers up at journalists.
Today, as the hearse carrying his coffin passed through the streets of north London, a white floral wreath in the shape of a two-fingered salute was visible alongside a Union flag and the flag of Brazil, the country where he spent many years as a fugitive from British justice.
The funeral cortege, with a guard of honour formed by 13 Hell's Angels bikers, left the home of Biggs' son Michael and daughter-in-law Veronica in Barnet, north London, ahead of the service at Golders Green Crematorium, north London.
The funeral of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs will take place today.
Biggs, who gained notoriety for spending 36 years on the run after escaping prison, died last month at 84.
The world-renowned robber had been cared for at Carlton Court Care Home in East Barnet, north London, after suffering several strokes in recent years.
He was last seen in public last March at the funeral of fellow robber Bruce Reynolds.
Biggs' funeral will be held at Golders Green Crematorium, north London, this afternoon.
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Peter Rayner, former chief operating officer of British Rail, has been critical of Ronnie Biggs in the past, but expressed sympathy for his family.
Mr Rayner said:
My view is that whilst I was - and am - critical of the Great Train Robbers and the heroes' welcome they got, especially in light of the death of Jack Mills, my sympathies go out to his family and I would not wish to speak further on the subject.