Portsmouth hosted the Trafalgar 200 celebrations over the week beginning 27th June 2005.
The programme of events attracted over 300,000 people to Portsmouth alone to witness the International Fleet Review and Son Et Lumiere. The shores of Southsea were packed with people wanting to get a once in a life time glimpse of the International Fleet Review and Son Et Lumiere. Although there were a couple of thunder storms this did not deter people and crowds flocked to witness the events.
The International Fleet Review consisted of over 170 ships from over 35 different countries and is the largest gathering of its kind in recent times. Her Majesty took nearly two hours to review the whole fleet before the ships steamed past her.
Ships arrived over a number of days prior to the event with the pictures on this page being taken on Friday 24th June 2005.
The top two and the very bottom photograph were taken looking from Portsmouth into the Solent and the other photograph was taken looking into Portsmouth dockyard from Old Portsmouth.
The events on Tuesday 28th June 2005 consisted of the following, please click on the event for more pictures from the event. The pictures can only partly show what a magical and once in a lifetime experience the Trafalgar 200 celebrations were.
Wednesday 29th June 2005 saw the international drumhead ceremony which was intended for veterans to attend. The drumhead ceremony was used to commemorate those who have fallen in conflict.
Thursday 30th June - Sunday 3rd July 2005
The 2005 International Festival of The Sea was held in Portsmouth for the third time. The maritime extravaganza was held in Portsmouth’s Royal Naval dockyard and was part of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations. The event contained many different examples of sea craft from Royal Naval ships to Tall Ships.
For pictures from the International Festival Of The Sea please click here