By Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY
With thousands cheering them on outside the gates, Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry greeted the Olympic torch Thursday at Buckingham Place.
One day before its grand finale, the well-traveled torch took a scenic route, passing by famous landmarks St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and Downing Street, where it was greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
It was day 69 of the relay that has visited more than 1,000 communities in the U.K. since mid-May.
The torch finished the day in Hyde Park where classical musician Tyler Rix was on hand to light a celebration cauldron in front of a crowd of thousands.
On Friday the torch makes its way to Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the London Games.
William, Kate and Harry are part of the royal delegation expected for the ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II will preside over the official start of the Games and will also be joined by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
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