Colin Thackery was crowned the winner of Britain's Got Talent this evening.

The much-loved Chelsea pensioner, 89, was favourite to win the competition and wowed viewers with his tear-jerker performance during tonight's finale.

His dream of performing in front of the Royal Family will now come true after serving in the military for 25 years.

He managed to beat the other 10 acts to win £250,000 and bag a spot on the Royal Variety Performance.

Asked by hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly how he felt after winning the show, he said: "Astonished, incredible. I'm stuck for words for a change!"

He added: "Thank you very much, all of you. Fantastic."

X, who was earlier this evening unveiled as 2018 golden buzzer winner Marc Spelmann, said that it felt "amazing" to be the runner-up.

He said: "To come second to someone like Colin, who has given his life for us … I bow to him.

"Deepest respect. I absolutely love the man. He deserves to win."

Tonight, Colin sang Love Changes Everything from the musical Aspects of Love, by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

After his performance, David Walliams said: “What a magic moment you have created on this show. I think tonight you are unbeatable.”

Simon Cowell said: “Everything that you stand for you have genuinely my utmost respect. I salute you.”

Asked what it would be like to win the competition, he said: "I served my Queen for 25 years and to think I'd sing to her would be amazing… I could die happy."

Magician Ben Hart came second in the competition.

Also competing in the competition tonight were Libby and Charlie, X, Jonathan Goodwin, Flakefleet Primary School choir, Dave & Finn, Ben Hart and Mark McMullan all competed tonight in a bid to win the show.

Colin said that he would be making a large donation to Royal Hospital Chelsea from his 250K winnings.

His son Peter told the Mirror that singing to the Queen would mean "so much" to his father.

He said: "Dad joined the Army so young and is one of the few boy soldiers left alive from that period. Performing for royalty would mean so much to him. He says how it would be just wonderful singing for them.

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