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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June 2005, 21:37 GMT 22:37 UK
Timetable of anniversary events
People all over Britain are planning to do their bit to mark the 200th anniversary of the country's greatest sea victory, the Battle of Trafalgar.

The list below features some of the bigger events. But there is a host of activities and ceremonies happening throughout the year around the UK and Channel Islands.

Scroll down for a month-by-month guide of the main events, or for a more local flavour, click on the link below.


28 - (1300) Six days of events in and around Portsmouth begin with an international fleet review at Spithead, attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, featuring more than 150 ships from at least 36 countries, and watched by more than 250,000 spectators.

1300 - Queen begins review

1730 - Air display

1800-1900 - Tall ships gather for reconstruction of battle

1930 - "Nelson" joins his fleet

Coverage on BBC television and radio

(2100) Son et lumiere re-enactment of the battle, off Southsea, featuring tall ships, pyrotechnics and sound.

2120 - Battle begins

2210 - Firework finale

2230 - Grand lighting of the fleet

Coverage on BBC television and radio

29 - (1100) Drumhead ceremony at Southsea Common to remember those who have fallen in maritime conflict.

Coverage on BBC television and radio

30 (to July 3) (1000) International Festival of the Sea features a variety of sea-related entertainment in Portsmouth.


4-11 - Symbolic re-creation of how news of the battle was brought back to England - the Trafalgar Dispatch, via Falmouth to London.

27 - The Lord Nelson tall ship visits Chatham, Kent, the prelude to the Medway Maritime Festival on August 28 and 29.


16 - (1100) Symbolic re-creation of Nelson's waterborne funeral along the Thames, intended to be the largest flotilla seen on the river in modern times.


21 - A host of Trafalgar lunches, dinners and parties are held across the country to mark the 200th anniversary of the day Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The first of a chain of nationwide beacons is lit beside HMS Victory in Portsmouth to mark the occasion.

Coverage on BBC television and radio

22 - Nelson's Night, a musical celebration of the battle and the sea, is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

23 - The nation remembers Nelson in a series of church and cathedral services around the country, including a major event at St Paul's Cathedral in London, where Nelson is buried.

A parade is being held in Trafalgar Square, under the gaze of Nelson's Column, followed by a show in the evening.

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