Boris Johnson capped his by upstaging David Cameron as both men gave speeches to mark the end of the parade for Olympic athletes in London on Monday.

Addressing the crown on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, the mayor said the Games had come to a "final tear-sodden juddering climax".

"We should pay tribute to all the thousands of people who have delivered the greatest Olympic and Paralympic games that have ever been held," he said.

Turning towards the athletes assembled behind him on the stage he said: "This was your achievement, you bought this country together in a way we never expected."

"Speaking as a spectator you produced such a paroxysm of tears and joy on the sofas of Britain you probably not only inspired a generation you probably helped to create one as well.

"I can get away with that," he added.

And it seems Boris is currently able to get away with almost anything, as he even managed to get the crowd to cheer private security contractor G4S, despite the firm botching the security for the Games.

However the biggest laugh came during Cameron's speech as one athlete photo-bombed the prime minister without him knowing.

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Speaking before the mayor, Cameron told those assembled: "This is the great British summer that will be remembered in hundreds of years to come."

He added: "You showed us the best face of Britain, who we really are, one United Kingdom, one flag, one celebration. And you showed us all that we can be. All welcoming, tolerant, vibrant, with a future every bit as exciting and thrilling as our past.

Well-wishers had packed the streets of London to cheer Britain's sporting heroes as they paraded through the capital.

Olympics and Paralympics stars including Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock proudly wore their medals as they waved to fans from open-top floats which wound their way through streets full of fans.

Johnson's well-received speech that marked the end of Britain's Olympic summer capped a successful month for the London mayor, which began with him being cheered by 60,000 in Hyde Park, and ended with rumours he was set for a dramatic early return to parliament in order to challenge for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

Downing Street must be hoping that Boris only continues to get away with it for a little bit longer.

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