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The royal barge Gloriana transporting the Olympic flame on the Thames. (Ben Birchall, LOCOG, PA Wire/AP Images)

On the last day of its 8,000-mile journey all around Britain, the Olympic torch traveled on the Thames aboard the Queen’s royal rowbarge, the Gloriana, powered by 16 oarsmen. The Gloriana led the flotilla during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and was called back into service today.

The flame was taken onto the rowboat after nine torchbearers took it around Hampton Court and even into its famous garden maze.

Yesterday, on the 69th and penultimate day of the relay, the Olympic torch made a stop at Buckingham Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, gave it a royal welcome.

Will, Kate and Harry – all wearing official Team GB shirts –  were joined by some 40 athletes from the Team GB Ambition Programme, which is focused on encouraging the next generation of British athletes.

Earlier in the day, the torch traveled to some of London’s most famous landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral and 10 Downing Street.

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By staff