Why aren’t we planning more celebrations of Waterloo?

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Remember all the hou-ha over the 200th aniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar back in 2005? We all went Nelson nuts, particularly here in Portsmouth, to mark Horatio’s greatest victory.

So why aren’t we going to do the same for the bicentennial of Wellington’s finest hour at the Battle of Waterloo come 2015? Apparently the date is set to pass by with barely a murmur of national commemoration.

Surely the Duke’s defeat of Napoleon and the French should receive the same sort of prominence as an important part of our history – not just be confined to events at a few museums.

Poor old Wellington. First of all, he has a humble rubber boot named after him. Now his achievements are about to be largely ignored by what should be a grateful nation.