David Cameron and Boris Johnson hailed Britain's most successful team of Olympic athletes as one million people turned out onto the streets of London to cheer the sporting heroes.

The Mayor of London described the Olympic parade as a "tear-sodden juddering climax" to a summer of pomp and pageantry in a rousing and slightly comic speech that left the crowd chanting "Boris! Boris!".

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Mr Cameron told the crowd: 'This is the great British summer that will be remembered in hundreds of years to come.'

A carnival-like atmosphere had filled the city as the Britain's Olympic athletes paraded through the capital on open topped floats.

The parade ended at Buckingham Palace where Pet Shop Boys performed before David Cameron and Princess Anne took to the stage, thanking the athletes and their supporters for the "best ever" Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Finally the mayor delivered a speech in his trademark eccentric style, telling the crowds:

"Every single one of you - this was your achievement, you brought this country together in a way we never expected.

"And speaking as a spectator, you produced such paroxysms of tears and joy on the sofas of Britain that you probably not only inspired a generation but helped to create one as well."

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Celebration: Thousands lined London's streets for the Olympic parade

Around 800 athletes 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.

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The stars of the Olympics' Super Saturday - Mo Farah, who won gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m, heptathlon gold medallist Ennis and long jump champion Greg Rutherford - were in the first three floats, which departed from Mansion House in the City just after 1.30pm following a fanfare of trumpets.

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Two time gold medal winner Mo Farah making his trademark 'M' sign on board a float (also known as a 'Mobot')

The crowds, dozens deep in places, were a sea of red, white and blue as fans waved Union flags at the passing floats.
Many also held up home-made banners, with some donning patriotic fancy dress for the occasion.

But athletes humbly insisted the procession was also there to recognise spectators for their support during the Games.


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Ahead of the parade setting off, Hoy said: "This isn't really for us this is for them because they've made the Games.

"They've made the atmosphere, they've supported the athletes, not just in the venues, but through the streets, and the pubs, the public venues, it's been incredible.

"So it's our chance to give them a wave and a thank you for all the support they've given us."

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British track cyclist Chris Hoy thanked the supporters of the Olympics

Ennis also said the parade was a chance for the athletes to thank the public.

She said: "We've had so much support through the past few weeks, every session was filled with cheering British fans, so now to come out and see another huge crowd and thank everyone is going to be really special for all of us."

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The parade route started at Mansion House

Ellie Simmonds, who wore her four medals around her neck, waved to the crowd who called out her name as she passed.

She told BBC News: "It's amazing, the support they've given us in the Olympics and Paralympics."

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17-year-old 'Queen of the pool' Ellie Simmonds waved to the crowds

Aerial shots of The Greatest Team Parade showed the pavements thronged with thousands of people, while others leaned out of windows and from balconies to cheer the athletes.

Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, four-times gold medallist Ben Ainslie, described the reception as "awe-inspiring".

He had to shout to be heard above the noise from the screaming crowds as he told BBC News: "I'm blown away by the support, it's amazing."

Wheelchair racer David Weir said his haul of four gold medals had not sunk in yet, describing the support he has received from fans as "unbelievable".

He told the channel: "It's just been an unbelievable 11 days of competition."

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Triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny who scooped bronze in the same event

Speaking from his float, triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee said: "It's amazing that so many people were interested.


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"The best thing for us is to see other people inspired, walking down the street and meeting people who say they want to try triathlon or give running a try."

His brother Jonny, who scooped bronze in the same event, said: "It's absolutely incredible today. To see this many people out here is pretty incredible.

"We got a bit of a surprise with how many people turned up to our event and how many people turned up today, it's pretty, pretty impressive."

Zara Phillips, who won a silver medal in the team eventing, waved to fans from a float carrying the equestrian teams.

She told BBC News: "Unbelievable, to think that everyone's come out for all of us.

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Zara Phillips said the supporters made the Olympics

"This is like the whole Games though, you know. That's what made it. The crowd were unbelievable and we are so grateful to them."

Paralympic dressage star Lee Pearson told the channel: "What an amazing Paralympic Games, amazing.

"I am so proud of the British public to come out and watch Paralympic sport and embrace it and get educated about it.

"It's an honour to be an athlete in these Games, it really has been."

Asked about the success of the Games, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe told BBC News: "I've never doubted it because the people that have helped us do this have been proud and passionate and it doesn't matter where they live, whether it's in northern Scotland or Cornwall, people have got this.

"I don't think we're ever going to see sport in this country in the same way again."

Athletes were on 21 open-top floats, grouped in alphabetical order by their sport. The parade included more than 90% of Britain's medal winners.

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Diving bronze medallist Tom Daley said he believed many people would try sports they wouldn't have sampled before

Speaking ahead of taking part in the parade, diving bronze medallist Tom Daley said he expected London 2012 to be an inspiration to many. He told BBC News: "The range of different sports that we've competed in, the sports that aren't normally getting recognition have done really well at these Olympic Games. It's given people news ideas of new things to try."

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  • Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Mo Farah poses for a photograph during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Mo Farah poses for a photograph during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Mo Farah performs a 'mobot' to the crowds during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic heptathlon gold medalist Jessica Ennis waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning athlete Greg Rutherford during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    (left to right) Philip Hinds, Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    Diver Tom Daley shows off his medal as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    A fly past by the Red Arrows as seen from the roof of Buckingham Palace after the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes finished on The Mall.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Gymnast Louis Smith shows off his medals as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) gives a thumbs up next to London Mayor Boris Johnson (2R) and Princess Anne, Princess Royal (R) as he watches the parade celebrating Britain's athletes who competed in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in central London on September 10, 2012. Britain was bidding a fond farewell om September 10 to a golden summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport with a victory parade by athletes through London ending up at Buckingham Palace. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Athelete Mo Farah does his signature move, The Mobot, as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    The Gamesmakers wave as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    (left to right) Joanna Rowell, Geraint Thomas and Sarah Storey as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Rebecca Adlington and Ellie Simmonds as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Ben Ainslie waves as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Richard Whitehead and Jessica Ennis as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Laura Robson and others as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Jessica Ennis and other athletes wave as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    Derek Derenalagi and Richard Whitehead (right) as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    Richard Whitehead and Jessica Ennis as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    The parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Athelete Mo Farah does his signature move, The Mobot, as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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    Heptathlete Jessica Ennis takes part in a parade passed the Royal Courts of Justice, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Mo Farah takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Boxer Nicola Adams holds her gold medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips holds her silver medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Diver Tom Daley holds his bronze medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips and diver Tom Daley smile as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips holds her silver medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

  • Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Long Jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee wave to the crowds wearing their medals during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, near Mansion House, London.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British track sprinter Dwain Chambers salutes the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    Greg Rutherford holds his long jump gold medal as he takes part in a parade passed St Paul's Cathedral, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Paralympic gold medal winning athlete Aled Davies takes photographs during the Olympics and Paralympics Tean GB - London 2012 Victory Parade on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    Wheelchair tennis player Peter Norfolk waves to the crowds as as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Diver Tom Daley holds his Bronze medal during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London.

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    A general view of the crowd in the City of London, as a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes makes its way through London.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Triathletes Jonathan Brownlee and Alistair Brownlee show their medals to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    Triathletes Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee hold their medals as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Gold medallist sailor Ben Ainslie waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Gold medallist sailor Ben Ainslie waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Paralympic gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir wears his four gold medals as he waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Paralympic gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir wears his four gold medals as he waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Gymnasts Beth Tweddle (left) and Louis Smith wave to the crowds as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Wheelchair rugby player David Anthony looks on as he takes part in a parade passed Mansion House, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Swimmer Stephanie Millward shows her medals as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Boxer Luke Campbell holds his gold medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

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    Double gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft waves to the crowds as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Dwain Chambers waves to the crowds as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

  • Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Paralympic gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir wears his four gold medals as he waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Paralympic gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir wears his four gold medals as he waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off to signal the end of the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London

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    *ALTERNATE CROP* Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

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    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

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    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

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    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Members of the public watch a fireworks display from London Bridge, to celebrate the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.

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    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Rihanna performs during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay and Rihanna duet during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay perform during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Chris Martin of Coldplay during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jonny Buckland of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    An inflatable Paralympic Agitos during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Captain Luke Sinnott climbs a flag pole during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Union Flag is raised during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Paralympic cauldron flame burns as performers carry torches during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Flag bearers carry their national flags during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (left), arrives with IPC President Sir Philip Craven during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Ireland's Michael McKillop (top left) is seen above the heat haze from the flame after receiving his gold medal for being named the best athlete who best exemplified the spirit of the Paralympics, during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.