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Monday, January 09, 2006
Lord Nelson's State Funeral

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
January 9, 1806

Following Beaverbrook's new "on this day in history" tradition, let us not forget that today is the 200th anniversary of Lord Nelson's state funeral and procession to St. Paul's Cathedral, where England's greatest hero was finally laid to rest after being killed at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. If you are in the London area, be sure to check into this evening's service at St. Pauls:

"A special evensong to mark the 200th anniversary of the funeral of Britain’s greatest naval hero will be held in St Paul's on Monday, 9 January.

The service will feature the Choir of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and will include some of the music, prayers and readings used in the original service, which took place in St Paul’s on 9 January 1806.

After his death at Trafalgar, the enormous public outpouring of grief ensured that Nelson’s body was brought back to England for a state funeral. After the procession, in which 20,000 spectators took part, the four-hour service in St Paul’s took place in front of 7,000 invited guests. The sarcophagus was lowered into the crypt and positioned immediately underneath the centre of the dome, where it remains to this day.

Following the 5pm service, at approximately 6pm Dr Colin White, Deputy Director of the Royal Naval Museum and Chairman of the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee, will give a lecture entitled “‘The Great God Whom I Worship’ – Nelson’s religious faith”."

May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious Victory; and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may his blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.


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