Olympic Torch Relay

The last day of the Olympic Torch Relay on 27 July 2012 was by river from Hampton Court Palace to City Hall in the Pool of London. Gloriana carried the Olympic flame and seven young torchbearers who took it in turns over the course of the morning to carry a torch, lit from the cauldron on Gloriana’s bow. The rowing crew was made up of former British Olympic crews going back to the 1948, including gold medal winners James Cracknell and Jonny Searle. The Queen’s Rowbarge’s bell rang for three minutes from 08:12 BST as part of the national celebration for the London 2012 Festival, when bells rang out across the country to mark the opening of the London 2012 Games.