Royal visitors celebrated our greatest Victory over the French

The Queen arrived at HMS Victory to inspect a royal guard comprising Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel before embarking in HMS Endurance for the fleet review

The Queen arrived at HMS Victory to inspect a royal guard comprising Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel before embarking in HMS Endurance for the fleet review

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Can it really be a decade since hundreds of thousands of visitors poured into Portsmouth for the International Festival of the Sea and the Trafalgar 200 celebrations?

This weekend marks 10 years since the magnificent international jamboree, organised primarily to mark Nelson’s victory over the French at Trafalgar in 1805.

The Queen embarked on HMS Endurance for the international fleet review. Standing next to her is the then First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Alan West.

The Queen embarked on HMS Endurance for the international fleet review. Standing next to her is the then First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Alan West.

The Queen and other members of the royal family came and enjoyed the International Festival of the Sea which included a Spithead fleet review comprising ships from 35 nations.

The event began with a booming burst of cannon fire from HMS Victory. The awesome sound of 22 guns firing from Nelson’s flagship was the first time she had let off a full broadside since the last fleet review in 1977.

The cannon fired in eight seconds, the length of time it took Victory to unleash her guns as she engaged the French at Trafalgar.

Princess Anne visited the Historic Dockyard as part of the festival of the sea meeting many of the servicemen and woman taking part.

Princess Anne visited the Historic Dockyard as part of the festival of the sea meeting many of the servicemen and woman taking part.

HMS Illustrious at sunrise in the Solent during the International Festival of the Sea

HMS Illustrious at sunrise in the Solent during the International Festival of the Sea

Fireworks explode over Southsea to celebrate Trafalgar 200

Fireworks explode over Southsea to celebrate Trafalgar 200

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