Wales return home from Euro 2016 to heroes' welcome

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Fans turned out in their droves to welcomes Wales' squad back home following their dream run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Gareth Bale and his team-mates were swamped almost from the moment they stepped off the plane at Cardiff Airport as fans, young and old, sought a chance to see the stars in the flesh after the best-ever tournament performance by a Welsh team.

Gareth Bale signs an autograph for a young fan
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Fans await the Wales team arrival back at Cardiff Airport
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Fans await the Wales team arrival back at Cardiff Airport
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The Wales team arrive back at Cardiff Airport
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(Young fans await the Wales team arrival back at Cardiff Airport)
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Wales had not played at a major tournament for 58 years, but judging by the size of the crowd the wait might just of been worth it as they saw their side first top their group - which included England - before reaching the last four where they lost to Portugal on Wednesday night.

And after the rousing reception at the airport, the players boarded an open-top bus and were met by thousands of fans in the city centre.

Wales players and manager Chris Coleman wave to fans on a open top bus
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Wales players and manager Chris Coleman acknowledge the fans on a open top bus
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Fans hang out of windows as they wait for the homecoming parade in Cardiff City centre
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Wales' Gareth Bale waves to the fans
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Spectators cheer on the Wales team
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Wales' Gareth Bale films the homecoming parade from the open top bus
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Fans wait for the homecoming parade in Cardiff City centre
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Wales' Gareth Bale (centre left) and Ashley Williams (far left) with manager Chris Coleman (centre)
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It looks like it's going to be a good night in Cardiff tonight!