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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Sir Matthew Pinsent: 'Carrying Olympic Torch has been great'

Olympic Gold medallist rower Matthew Pinsent standing in front of the Great Gate at Hampton Court Palace. Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Matthew Pinsent told Sky News today that carrying the Olympic flame on the royal rowbarge Gloriana during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant "has been great".

"It's a very special summer, and for the Gloriana to be part of the Jubilee and then this, is great."

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Olympic flame to travel down the Thames in style

James Cracknell, outside Hampton court this morning. Credit: ITV News

The Olympic flame will travel down the River Thames this morning on the royal rowbarge 'Gloriana.'

The team of oarsmen and women who will transport the flame in a cauldron to Tower Bridge include Olympic gold medal winner James Cracknell. Crowds have been gathering from early this morning to watch.

Small boats gather to watch Gloriana travel down the Thames Credit: ITV News

Cracknell won gold at the 200 Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He told ITV News that today was one of the first days he thought "what if" about his decision to retire from rowing.

The Gloriana will carry the flame to Tower Bridge Credit: ITV News

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Olympic flame's final leg of 8,000 mile journey

After 69 days travelling the length and breadth of the UK, the Olympic Flame takes to the River Thames this morning as part of its final leg.

The Olympic Torch will visit Hampton Court Palace on the final day of the relay.
The Olympic Torch will visit Hampton Court Palace on the final day of the relay. Credit: Press Association

Starting from Hampton Court Palace, Olympic Rowing gold medallist Matthew Pinsent will carry the Flame on to the Royal Rowbarge, the Gloriana, named by Her Majesty as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Rowbarge will be rowed down the Thames to Tower Bridge by 16 oarsmen and women, including Olympic Rowers James Cracknell and Jonny Searle.

Matthew Pinsent is set to carry the flame onto the Gloriana, which he helped to row during the Diamond Jubilee.
Matthew Pinsent is set to carry the flame onto the Gloriana, which he helped to row during the Diamond Jubilee. Credit: Press Association.

Once on board, Pinsent will light a ceremonial cauldron, that will be used to light the torches of seven young torchbearers who will take it in turns to carry the flame, as the Gloriana travels down the Thames.

The final torchbearer will carry the flame to City Hall where it will remain out of public view until it appears at the opening ceremony.

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