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In pictures: Trafalgar re-enactment
The Queen onboard HMS Endurance
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The Queen took centre stage at the celebrations in Portsmouth on Tuesday, marking 200 years since Nelson's victory over Napoleon's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The Review of the Fleet
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In total 167 naval, merchant and tall ships took part in the battle re-enactment, with the tall ship Grand Turk taking centre stage as Nelson's flagship Victory.
Nigerian sailors onboard NNS Aradu
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In total 167 naval, merchant and tall ships from countries such as Nigeria, the US, France, Spain and India took part.
A sailor aboard HMS Invincible watching the tall ship Grand Turk
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The Queen said in a written message that the presence of such a large international fleet was a tribute to Admiral Lord Nelson - who died in the battle on 21 October 1805.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall aboard the survey ship HMS Scott
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The day drew many Royals to the Solent, including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Local historian Alex Naylor playing the part of Admiral Lord Nelson
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In the evening, a battle re-enactment starred local historian Alex Naylor, who took the role of the ill-fated Lord Nelson.
Grand Turk firing a broadside
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The Grand Turk, a replica 18th century frigate which has appeared in TV drama Hornblower, fires a broadside in its role of HMS Victory
The Grand Turk takes part in firework display
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A spectacular mock Battle of Trafalgar was held between a blue and a red team, rather than Britain versus France.
Fireworks in the Solent
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The battle was the last great sea action of the period. As he lay dying, Nelson was brought news of the victory . His last words were: 'Thank God I have done my duty'.
Trafalgar re-enactment
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The event follows a long tradition of reviews of the fleet at the Spithead mooring, dating back to medieval times. The last was in 1977 to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee.


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