Trafalgar Day

Trafalgar Day

Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson's British fleet over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It was widely commemorated by parades, dinners and other events throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Its celebration declined rapidly after the end of the First World War in 1918. The massive casualties and upheaval had changed the general public perception of war as a source of glorious victories to a more sombre view of it as a tragedy, for which the newly instituted Armistice Day on 11 November was felt more appropriate.

2005 was the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, and the Royal Navy led "Trafalgar 200" celebrations. The International Fleet Review, the first since Her Majesty The Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee, was held off Spithead in the Solent on 28 June.

The victory is celebrated each year in the Australian town of Trafalgar, Victoria in which the small town of 2,200 hold an annual Battle of Trafalgar Festival with the Trafalgar Day Ball held on the Friday or Saturday closest to 21 October each year. Sea cadets of the united kingdrom also celebrate this day with usually a parade of a town.

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