Trafalgar bicentenary celebrations are underway

Hundreds of warships, modern and old and from all over the world, are gathered off Portsmouth off the South Coast to celebrate the bicentenary of Nelson's victory over Napoleon. Tonight, there will be one of the biggest fireworks displays Britain has ever seen.

It is the largest gathering of warships in British waters since 1944.

Dawn parade

Naval ships from 35 nations gather at sunrise off the coast of Portsmouth.
Photograph: Jon Hamlet/Royal Navy

French force

French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (r) joins ships off Portsmouth.
Photograph: John D McHugh/AFP/Getty

Family affair

Brothers and 6th generation descendants of Lord Nelson, Lance Corporal Brett Nelson of the Royal Engineers (l) and Marine Commando Craig Nelson prepare for the international fleet review, 200 years after their ancestor died in the battle of Trafalgar.
Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Ocean view

The scene from HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy's largest ship.
Photograph: MoD crown copyright/PA

Billowing bunting

Sailors parade aboard a Romanian naval vessel.
Photograph: Alessandro Abbonizio/AFP/Getty

Local lord

Local historian Alex Naylor plays the part of Lord Nelson at Portsmouth.
Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ships shape up

Traditional and modern ships mix in the Solent.
Photograph: Chris Young/PA

Queen's review

The Queen inspects a guard of honour with HMS Victory behind during the review of the fleet.
Photograph: Ian Jones/AP

Rigging up

Sailors spread out over the rigging of a tall ship.
Photograph: Alessandro Abbonizio/AFP/Getty

Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall aboard the survey ship HMS Scott for the international fleet review.
Photograph: Jonathan Buckmaster/AP
That's a lot of fire power....

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