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Trafalgar Day program

Date: 1970s
Overall: 211 x 149 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Program
Object No: 00037223

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    This printed program details the Trafalgar Day ceremony on board HMS VICTORY at Portsmouth Dockyard, 21 October. The order of service included the Psalm of Praise and Thanksgiving, the prayer written by Nelson on the eve of battle, and the General Order as given on board the EURYALUS on 22 October 1805 (after the battle) by Lord Collingwood.
    SignificanceNaval customs and traditions are significant events in navies across the world with Trafalgar Day regularly being celebrated in the Commonwealth navies, including Australia.
    HistoryTrafalgar Day celebrates the victory by the Royal Navy under the command of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson over the combined French and Spanish fleets off Cape Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. The first large celebrations were held in Trafalgar Square in 1896. The day has been most often celebrated with dinners, parades and exhibitions across the British Empire. In the 21st century major celebrations were undertaken in 2005 for the bicentennial. Trafalgar Day is still widely celebrated in Commonwealth navies.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Souvenir program of the service held on board HMS VICTORY in commemoration of the death of Admiral Lord Nelson

    Web title: Trafalgar Day program

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