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Trafalgar Day celebrations across Hampshire
NELSON’S famous signal ''England Expects'' has been hoisted up along with the Union Jack and White Ensign onboard his Hampshire-based flagship as the Royal Navy marks Trafalgar Day.
The ceremony marking the victory over Napoleon's navy in 1805 as well as Nelson's death took place onboard HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Described as the most decisive naval battle in British history, Admiral Lord Nelson's triumph reaffirmed the UK's prominence at sea.
The anniversary also marks the death of Nelson who was fatally wounded during the action.
The hoisting of the Colours - the Union Jack and White Ensign as well as Nelson's signal - formed the start of the commemoration.
This was followed by the laying of a wreath on the spot where Nelson fell by the Chief of Naval Personnel and Training and Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel, for the first time in his new role as admiral in charge of HMS Victory.
Further wreaths were laid on the orlop deck where Nelson died by Brigadier David King, Royal Marines, and HMS Victory's 100th commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Rod Strathern.
Lt Cdr Strathern said: ''Trafalgar Day is the proudest day in the calendar of the Royal Navy and the ceremony onboard Victory is a particularly poignant one, as we remember this most famous of victories but also remember our most celebrated naval leader and those who fell with him.
''It is a privilege to be able to mark this occasion alongside our new Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Steel.''
A remembrance service was also held at Portsmouth's Anglican cathedral to remember those who have lost their lives at sea including Nelson.
The service, led by the Dean of Portsmouth Reverend David Brindley, began with a procession from the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club and ended with a procession to the Nelson Memorial.
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, said: ''This is a very special service, which lies close to the hearts of many people across the city.
''With such a strong naval heritage it's a very poignant service, remembering those who have lost their lives at sea.''
A cannon was fired at Fort Nelson in Fareham to mark the occasion.