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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 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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