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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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.