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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.

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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