2014 17 Oct: NATO / Trafalgar Dinner
Royal British Club invited to join in Double Celebration
On 17th October, members of the Royal British Club were invited by Rear Admiral Tim Lowe, Deputy Commander, Strike Force NATO, to join him in celebration of the Royal Navy's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1802. The event also coincided with the 350th establishment of the Royal Marine Corp. Both events were celebrated in traditional Royal Navy style. Present at the event were the British Ambassador to Portugal Kirsty Hayes and the Irish Ambassdor to Portugal Ann Webster.
The event was held at the Messe de Cascais, notably situated with its imposing view across Cascais harbour. The menu, being traditionally British, posed a challenge to the Portuguese staff, but they rose magnificently to provide a high quality dinner that included all the ingredients this historical dinner demanded.
Toasts to The Queen, The President of the Republic of Portugal, Heads of State and the Captain General, were led by Admiral Lowe. Colonel Rory Copinger-Symes, Royal Marines, related many of the brave acts in battle and some significant events achieved by Royal Marines over their 350 year history, most notably in recent history during the Falkland Islands campaign. In conclusion he also proposed the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Admiral Lord Nelson.
To conclude, as tradition demands, sea shanties were sung as the wine glasses were emptied.