August 2011

Tickets for one of the most prestigious events of the year, the Trafalgar Night Dinner at the Old Royal Naval College, have gone on sale. The annual event marks an important date in both the nation’s and the Old Royal Naval College’s history, and is a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy a formal dinner in the glorious surroundings of the Painted Hall.

The Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 saw English ships rout Napoleon’s navy, but at a heavy cost as the great Admiral Nelson died aboard HMS Victory. Following the battle Nelson’s body lay in State in the Painted Hall at what was then the Greenwich Hospital for Seamen.

During the 20th century the Painted Hall was often the backdrop for formal dinners when the Royal Naval College was based on the site, and more recently it has hosted many private events and wedding receptions. The annual Trafalgar Night Dinner is one of the rare chances for members of the public to enjoy sumptuous food in these spectacular surroundings.

This year’s Trafalgar Night Dinner will begin with a glass of Prosecco upon arrival in the elegant Queen Mary Undercroft followed by a three-course meal in the Painted Hall complete with chocolate Ships-of-the-Line.

Entertainment this year will be provided by Shep Woolley, who perform rousing sea shanties. The Loyal Toast to Nelson’s immortal memory, which will bring the annual event to a close, will be proposed by Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.

Tickets for the Trafalgar Night Dinner priced £85 per head are available from the Old Royal Naval College. Dress: Black tie or uniform with decorations.

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