Trafalgar Night

Since the early 19th Century, Trafalgar Night has been celebrated each October to commemorate victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This week we uphold this tradition with our annual black-tie dinner. The Trafalgar Night dinner is steeped in tradition and is celebrated in Royal Navy Mess Decks and Wardrooms throughout the country and on Royal Naval vessels serving overseas. Whilst the number of people attending these dinners varies, the evening itself follows a very strict set of traditions. “Mr Vice”, a guest for the evening who is assigned the role of Vice-Chair, proposes a toast to HM The Queen , which true to Naval tradition, is performed sitting down. The Principle Guest proposes a toast to the “immortal memory of Admiral Lord Nelson” to mark the sacrifice he made during the battle and, unlike most toasts, this is taken standing up and in complete silence. Toasting at Trafalgar Night is always done with Port, which is passed around by table hosts who take great care to pass Port in a clockwise manner and ensuring to pour for ladies first.