December 2011


The Trafalgar Night Dinner 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 Trafalgar Night Dinner held in the Painted Hall celebrates Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. The evening's entertainment began with an elegant reception in the Queen Mary Undercroft, after which guests were called with a trumpet sound to dinner in the breathtaking Painted Hall. The Sea Cadets lined the stairs and the brass ensemble from Trinity Laban created a grand entrance. 

Guests then enjoyed a three course meal complete with chocolate Ships-of-the-Line catered by Leith's. Entertainment was provided by Shep Woolley performing rousing sea shanties with the opportunity for guests to sing along. The Loyal Toast to Nelson’s immortal memory, which brought the dinner to a close, was proposed by Andrew Lambert, BA (Law) MA, Ph.D, Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.


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