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    Arrow News:: 100s of ships, dozens of countries, take part in Fleet Review. BattleTrafalgar

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    The Queen has arrived in Portsmouth to begin the fleet review ahead of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar today.

    Tens of thousands of spectators and VIP guests are expected in Trafalgar to view the event.


    HMS Illustrious at anchor ahead of today's celebrations
    The Queen will inspect a massive gathering of the world's navies including 167 ships from the Royal Navy and 35 other nations which have anchored at Spithead in the Solent, off Portsmouth, for the international fleet review.

    As well as warships, the gathered vessels include tall ships, lifeboats, cruise liners and representatives from all sectors of the maritime industry.

    The Queen, in her role as Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, will carry out the inspection accompanied by the Admiral of the Fleet, the Duke of Edinburgh, on board HMS Endurance.

    The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales will be among the royals who will witness the fleet review from onboard navy ships.

    The mock battle taking place off Southsea, Hants, will involve a fleet of 17 ships from five nations, including 17 tall ships, blazing broadsides, gun smoke, and state of the art pyrotechnics.

    Nelson's flagship Victory will be depicted by the Grand Turk, a replica 18th-century frigate.

    The ship was struck by lightning during storms along the south coast as she made her way to Portsmouth.

    A spokesman for Trafalgar 200 said up to 150,000 spectators and hundreds of VIP guests were expected to attend, depending on the weather.

    A massive security operation costing 1.7 million involving more than 400 navy personnel and scores of police officers has been launched to protect the public, the royal family and the navy during the event.

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    The Royal Navy and visitng shipsm in picture :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/h...200/html/1.stm & http://news.telegraph.co.uk/core/Sli...xtrafalgar.xml

    For further information and ways to watch the days events live on the internet :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4627453.stm

    I might not like the PC angle, in fact i'm pretty disappointed by it and was a bit peeved, but you have to make the best of it now i guess. Should be quite a sight none the less. I don't know what the Americans have brough along mind you.

    All the top brass are there from around the world in Naval terms.

    Thousands lining the shroe and thousands of sailors at sea in the Solent. Doesn't happen that often and with such global representation, it must reflect the...respect that foregin Navy's have of Lord Nelson and the achievment of the Royal Navy 200 years ago.

    And those famous words..

    "England expects that every man will do his duty."

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    I live in Portsmouth .. schools had the day off. Lots and lots of ships! Morning it was sunny but soon we got thunderstorms coming again .. not great for what they have lined up for the celebrations!
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    There's some good info and pictures about the day and the historical context on Sky News as well :: http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...378091,00.html

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