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Pride of Britain: Boris praises Team GB for 'inspiring a generation' - and beating France, Germany and Australia as Olympic parade...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Last hurrah: More than a million people filled the streets of London as the heroes of Team GB and Paralympics GB, led by gold medallist Jessica Ennis, paraded through the capital

The words ‘Thank You’ flew noisily over the greatest assembly of British Olympians in history. Down below, up to a million people cheered and applauded – and performed the Mo Farah ‘mobot’.
London has generated many unforgettable images these last few weeks. Yesterday was right up there with the best of them.
And with that, the curtain finally fell on this astonishing, life-affirming summer which we will forever refer to, simply, as ‘2012’.

Britain's finest: Team GB and Paralympics GB line up at the end of the victory parade at Buckingham Palace with Prime Minister David Cameron, the Princess Royal and Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the front

Show-stealer: Boris Johnson, right, promised to keep it short as the hundreds of athletes behind him had been on floats all day waving their way through the capital and not allowed to 'touch a drop of beer'

Spectacular show: After receiving special permission to fly over The Mall the planes dazzled the spectators on the ground

Taking to the sky: The Royal Air Force's Red Arrows perform a fly-past over The Mall and Buckingham Palace

For 100 days, London – and, by extension, the whole country - has lived in a bunting-draped cocoon of exuberance.
And this historic three-month party finished just as it began – with a colossal parade through London and a foot-stomping party in front of Buckingham Palace.

Dancing queen of the velodrome: Cyclist Victoria Pendleton takes a break from Strictly Come Dancing training to join the parade

At least yesterday’s parade had the advantage of being drier and warmer than the great Diamond Jubilee procession along the Thames way back in monsoon June.
But the crowds were of the same bewildering size, shoehorning themselves into every crevice on every pavement from the City of London to the Mall.
And so, too, were the twin sentiments which brought the capital to a euphoric halt once again: a profound sense of pride and an earnest determination not to miss out on a Great Moment.

Royal fly-by: A British Airways Airbus aircraft flies over the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace

We have had so many eye-popping theatrical extravaganzas over the last three months with all those open-air concerts, opening ceremonies and closing shows; we have seen more fireworks than a Cantonese pyrotechnics inspector.

The fly-past completes the parade with a huge 'Thank you' on the underbelly of the plane

Audience participation: The crowd perform the 'Mobot' with Mo Farah

Double take: The original and best Mo Farah does the Mobot, left, and Princess Anne has go too to the delight of Boris Johnson

Strike a pose: They also did Mo Farah's famous pose when he wins an event - the 'Mobot'

The parade at Queen Victoria Memorial, Green Park, with David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Princess Anne make speeches

The National Gallery: Thousands of people line the streets during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB

Floats carrying Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes travel past Trafalgar Square

The crowd wave as the parade makes its way through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes

The Red Arrows flying down the Mall to the Queen Victoria Memorial during Our Greatest Team parade

Fans hold placards as Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes participate in the victory parade

David Cameron talks with Ellie Simmonds before the Athletes Victory parade in London

Royal appeal: Zara Phillips, who won a silver medal in the team eventing, waved to fans from a float carrying the equestrian teams. She said the parade was: 'Unbelievable, to think that everyone's come out for all of us'

Crowd pleaser: Mo Farah does his famous pose the 'Mobot'

Cheered on: People cheer from a balcony festooned with flags and a banner saying 'So Proud' as floats pass by

Everyone wants to join in! City workers look out of windows as the parade makes its way through London

Patriotic: Thousands of Londoners turn out to cheer on Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they travel on floats during 'Our Greatest Team' parade

Medal haul: British swimmers David Carry (L) and Rebecca Adlington (R) were on the floats as well as gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton

Sea of people: Rebecca Adlington posted this photo on her Twitter page as a sea of crowds greeted the athletes

No rain on this parade: Red and blue lions also made their way through the streets of London

Olympic fans crowd the streets on The Mall trying to catch a glimpse of the athletes

'Our Greatest Team' parade passes by Trafalgar Square in central London as thousands of fans wave flags in celebration

Saddle star: Cyclist Laura Trott celebrates her golden glory in the team pursuit and omnium

Well-deserved applause: Quadruple gold medal winning Paralympian David Weir shows his medals on top of a float

Floats carrying British Olympic and Paralympic athletes take part in a parade as seen from the air as they pass Trafalgar Square, London

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

Team GB discus thrower Lawrence Okoye, left, and Long jumper Greg Rutherford holds his gold medal as his float passes St Paul's Cathedral

Happy ending: Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey with her four golds. She was on the float with her husband Barney, also a gold medallist

Gold bus: Chris Hoy (left), Dani King and Victoria Pendleton during the parade

Saluting a hero: Cheers for ex soldier and bomb victim turned discus star Derek Derenalagi, left, and Track cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy shows off his two gold medals

Katherine Jenkins sings the National Anthem at the celebrations outside Buckingham Palace

The Pet Shop Boy's Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe perform during the Olympics & Paralympics parade

Protection: These stunning pictures gives an insight into the awesome military power held by the Royal Navy during the Olympics. HMS Bulwark was stationed off the coast of Weymouth where the Olympics and Paralympics sailing was taking place

Control: The Plymouth-based amphibious command and control ship was supporting Dorset Police in security across 50 square miles of coastline at the Weymouth Bay and Portland

source: dailymail