Olympic Torch last leg complete

On the final day of the Olympic Torch relay, the flame visited Hampton Court Palace and travelled on the royal rowbarge Gloriana. It will then be kept at City Hall before its appearance at the opening ceremony, completing its 8,000 mile journey.

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Olympic flame sails down Thames towards Olympic stadium

The Gloriana carries the Olympic torch on the final leg of its 70-day journey. Credit: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire

The Olympic flame sailed down the river Thames this morning to Tower Bridge.

The Gloriana carries the Olympic torch down the Thames Credit: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire
The Gloriana carries the Olympic torch outside the Battersea power station Credit: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire

Olympic flame completes Gloriana journey down Thames

The Olympic flame has arrived at London Bridge. Credit: Press Association

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."

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'Over 14 million people went to see Olympic flame'

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).

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Olympic torch sails down the Thames on the Gloriana

The Gloriana carries the Olympic torch on the final leg of its 70-day journey. Credit: Press Association

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.

The Gloriana on the Thames. Credit: Press Association

Seven young torchbearers on board will carry the flame for approximately eight minutes each as the procession makes its way to Tower Bridge.

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