The Queen has praised the performance
of Britain's Paralympics team at Rio 2016 as "magnificent" as the
athletes returned to the UK on a special flight.
Parades to celebrate the country's
Olympic and Paralympic success have been confirmed for Manchester on 17 October
and London a day later.
Paralympic medallists were welcomed
by fans and family who met their flight at London Heathrow on Tuesday morning.
GB won 147 medals, 64 of them gold,
at the Paralympics and 67 Olympic medals.
Those included 27 Olympic gold
medals. Both teams broke their medal tallies from London four years ago, hit
their 2016 targets, and finished second in their medal tables.
As the Paralympics closed and
athletes returned to their home countries, the Queen said: "I offer my
warmest congratulations to the athletes of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
and indeed to the athletes of all Commonwealth countries, for their many
successes in Rio de Janeiro.
"The magnificent performance of
Paralympics GB this year reflects the talent and commitment of the athletes and
their support teams.
"I send my good wishes to all
those who have contributed to the success of these memorable Games."