But the moment didn't go off exactly as planned: a man jumped out into the roadway, dancing around with a fake torch while stark naked.
The streaker, identified by police as a 27-year old man from Henley-on-Thames, where the incident took place, also had the words "Free Tibet" painted on his back.
This isn't the first time the London torch relay has been interrupted: last week, a pair of mischievous boys made a grab for the real torch.
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