Trafalgar Day

Today is Trafalgar Day, the celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
In London Trafalgar Square hosts crowds of humans, and lots of pigeons. Four huge “Landseer Lions” have graced the base of Nelson’s column since 1867.
A proposal to place a statue of Elizabeth II on the “Fourth Plinth” at Trafalgar Square appears to have been rejected. Good.  There should be no rush to decide on a suitable memorial. It was 37 years after the battle that Nelson’s column was finished. The memorial to Queen Victoria outside Buckingham Place took 10 years to the unveiling.

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