The Olympic flame sailed down the river Thames this morning to Tower Bridge.
The sun shone for the Olympic flame today as it completed its journey on the Gloriana on the final leg of its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around the United Kingdom ahead of tonight's opening ceremony.
The royal rowbarge led a flotilla of more than 50 boats down the Thames. Flotilla organiser Malcolm Knight declared "mission accomplished" on his loudspeaker as the boats arrive at Tower Bridge. He said:
"It was marvellous, absolutely marvellous. The whole thing went fantastically, there were boats everywhere and the banks were lined with thousands of people.[...] It's a great way to bring the flame into central London, using the highway of London."
The Olympic Cabinet Committee have reported today that the Olympic opening ceremony will be one of the "biggest diplomatic events" ever in the UK. Discussing the final preparations for the Games, the Committee concluded:
- Approximately 14.3 million people have lined the streets to see the Olympic Flame. The Flame today travels on the River Thames between Hampton Court and London Bridge.
- 24,657 Games Family members have now arrived in the UK (including just over 7,000 athletes).
The Olympic Torch made its way down the River Thames today in the final leg of the relay. The Queen's royal barge, the Gloriana, sailed past the Houses of Parliament, with a flotilla of smaller boats.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent has told ITV News that carrying an Olympic Torch from the UK was "lovely". Sir Pinsent has carried the torch twice before in Canada and Greece.
The Olympic Torch made its way down the Thames today as it heads towards the Olympic Stadium.
One of the rowers is former Olympian James Cracknell, who said he was looking forward to the Games, saying they will be "brilliant", and that people had "no idea what to expect".
The Olympic Torch is travelling down the Thames on the Queen's royal rowbarge the 'Gloriana'. It is leading a mini flotilla of boats from across the UK.
It will arrive at Tower Bridge later today. For more on this story go to ITV London.
The Olympic torch has set off on the Gloriana on the final leg of its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around the United Kingdom ahead of tonight's opening ceremony.
Nine torchbearers ran in relay through the grounds of Hampton Court this morning, including around its famous hedge maze.
The Olympic torch has set off down the Thames on the Gloriana on the final leg of its 70-day, 8,000 mile journey.
The £1 million Gloriana is being rowed by 16 oarsmen and women and is leading a mini flotilla of boats from across the UK.
Seven young torchbearers on board will carry the flame for approximately eight minutes each as the procession makes its way to Tower Bridge.