FIRST SEA LORD IS CHIEF MOURNER AT NELSON'S FUNERAL RENACTMENT ON FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
Admiral Sir Alan West, the First Sea Lord, will be taking part in the symbolic re-enactment of Admiral Nelson's funeral procession - the 'Emirates Thames Nelson Flotilla', representing the Chief Mourner who in 1805 was Nelson's friend Admiral Sir Peter Parker.
Admiral West will participate in a ceremony at the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich from 10.55 and will then process with other VIPs to the Queens Stairs before boarding The Jubilant, which is acting as funeral barge. The Jubilant will be rowed up the Thames replicating Admiral Nelson's funeral procession in company with a large and colourful funeral flotilla of boats, barges, gigs and cutters. As the flotilla passes HMS BELFAST embarked sailors from HMS COLLINGWOOD and HMS SULTAN will fire a salute from special saluting guns. Admiral West will disembark at the Honourable Company of Master Mariners' vessel HQS Wellington at Temple Pier where he will make a presentation of the New Trafalgar Dispatch to the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr John Moses. He will then join HRH The Princess Royal and other members of the Nelson Flotilla for a reception hosted by the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
For more information about the Emirates Thames Nelson Flotilla visit http://www.emiratesthamesnelsonflotilla.org.
The Royal Navy continues its Trafalgar bicentennial year celebrations with a series of events to be held this autumn. This programme is part of SeaBritain 2005 and full details are on http://www.trafalgar200.com. Tickets are still available free of charge for T'200 - 'Spirit of Nelson' an exciting public event in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 23 October .../ENDS 13 Sept 2005