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Summary

  1. Wales' most successful football team arrives home
  2. Celebration included open top bus tour from Cardiff Castle and a concert at Cardiff City stadium
  3. BBC Wales was with them every step of the way

Live Reporting

By Natalie Crockett, Ruth Thomas, Carys Hepworth and Gemma Ryall

All times stated are UK

The homecoming to beat all homecomings

So the Wales team are home and what a celebration to welcome them!

Did you miss any of it? Here are the highlights, which ended with a live tribute by Manic Street Preachers with Wales' Euro 2016 anthem, Together Stronger.

Wales team
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A heroes' goodbye

Huge applause as the team leaves Cardiff City Stadium.

Stadium
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'All your Christmases'

All together now, one last time

Fans and players salute

A salute between the crowd and the players after a special month.

Fans salute
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Players salute
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Another nod to smallest country

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

Proudly singing the anthem

The Wales squad were brothers in arms for the Welsh national anthem

Wales team sing anthem
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Wales team sing anthem
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Wales team sing anthem
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Reckon they're a bit proud?

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

Sea of red

The Cardiff City stadium is red - and everybody likes it for once.

Crowd
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It's a beautiful evening

Cardiff City Stadium concert
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Not like any school trip we've been on

Ashley Williams - "It's been like a long school trip." I went to Dan-yr-Ogof caves.

Wales efforts applauded

Cheers ring out across Cardiff City Stadium as the team's efforts in Euro 2016 are applauded

Fans
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Fans
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Ramsey reception

BBC reporter Max Evans tweets

Not many fans for Ronaldo

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

Feeling the love

The Wales squad soak up the atmosphere as the crowd relive the Euro 2016 journey.

Members of the Wales team
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Bale on 'amazing fans'

Because we know you all want to see THAT selfie again

The Football Association of Wales tweets

That goal

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

No harm in watching it a second, third, fourth... 18th time, is there?

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Smiles from the police

South Wales Police tweets

Nicky Wire captures how the nation is feeling

Nice air jump Nicky.

Manic Street Preachers play at the Cardiff City Stadium
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So much pride

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

'Your national team'

Stadium goes wild for Wales team at the stadium.

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'You deserve each other'

Chris Coleman tells the stadium the fans and players "deserve each other".

"This is not the end," he says.

Chris Coleman speaks at stadium
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Here come the boys

The Wales team and their manager receive huge cheers as they entered the stadium

Gareth Bale
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Wayne Hennessey
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Chris Coleman
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Army of support at stadium

Members of The Royal Welsh, The Welsh Guards and The Queen's Dragoon Guards were at Cardiff City Stadium to welcome back the Wales team. 

Royal Welsh soldiers with children at Cardiff City Stadium
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Royal Welsh soldiers with children at Cardiff City Stadium
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"The three Welsh regiments are extremely excited to welcome back our Wales Euro squad this evening at Cardiff City Stadium. It's been brilliant to support the team as they've achieved so much during the Euros and we look forward to being a part of the celebrations."

Matthew Dwyer Lance Sergeant of The Welsh Guards

And the crowd goes wild

Wales manager Chris Coleman is cheered into the stadium

Chris Coleman arrives
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What perfect lyrics

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

'Good day to be Welsh'

BBC reporter Max Evans tweets

'Thanks for the support'

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweets

'Here to say thank you'

The Manics' James Dean Bradfield thanked "Chrissy Coleman and the boys for the best sporting summer of our lives" before belting out the Wales Euros 2016 song Together Stronger.

Concert
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Wales team listen

They're almost ready to come out - and enjoying the concert from the tunnel

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'You stole the sun'

Manic Street Preachers
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Nicky Wire dressed to impress for the occasion with a red suit and Welsh flag
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Nicky Wire dressed to impress for the occasion with a red suit and Welsh flag

'Croeso nol' from Ceredigion AM

Assembly presiding officer Elin Jones tweets

Manics singalong

BBC Wales reporter Max Evans tweets

'Bit bonkers'

BBC Wales reporter Max Evans tweets

'My, my, my'

BBC Wales' Max Evans tweets

Stage is set

Dad dancing

Happy with the team, but perhaps not so much with the dad dancing...

baby dancing in Cardiff City Stadium
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'Mutual adoration'

BBC Wales' Dafydd Pritchard followed the team throughout its European adventure. 

He argues that the bond between Wales' players and fans was one of the defining features of Euro 2016, "a symbiotic relationship that has propelled the country's football to new heights".

Wales fans
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'The red wall'

The Barry Horns

These guys need no introduction. And it's almost time for the Manics!

Barry Horns
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