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Last Updated: Wednesday June 29 2005 05:49 GMT

Queen remembers Trafalgar victory

The Queen at the inspection
A day of celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at the Battle Of Trafalgar got underway with a visit from the Queen.

Her Majesty carrried out an inspection of 167 vessels from 36 countries which had gathered off the Portsmouth coast.

Accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, she went on a two-hour tour of the ships on board HMS Endurance.

The day also featured a recreation of the battle featuring tall ships and a spectacular firework display.

Ships gather in the Solent

Around 250,000 people attended the celebrations.

The Battle Of Trafalgar, in which the Royal Navy overcame forces from France and Spain, actually happened in October 1805.

The celebrations started early to make the most of the better weather and light nights.

To make sure the defeated countries are not offended, the mock battle was between reds and blues, not Britain against France and Spain.

Nelson was killed in the battle. His statue now stands in Trafalgar Square in London.



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