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 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.