Toasting the Greatest Naval Hero in the United Kingdom
The Immortal Memory Toast for Lord Admiral Nelson occurs every year on the Royal Navy Trafalgar Night. Trafalgar Night is celebrated around the anniversary of Nelson's death on October 21, 1805.
The toast has been proposed in memory of Admiral Lord Nelson since his death in 1805, for over 200 years.
In 2006 Trafalgar Night was held on October 17.
The Toast to Admiral Nelson has always been short, but earlier versions were a few words longer. Captain John Pasco proposed a toast to
- The immortal memory of Nelson and those who fell with him.
Another early versions of the toast is recalled as:
- The Immortal Memory of Lord Nelson and then of those whom 'England expected (not in vain) that they would do their duty.'
Those who fell with Nelson have not done too well with the later version.
The current version of the toast has been shortened further to just:
- The Immortal Memory
The Immortal Memory Toast is drunk in total silence, out of respect to the memory of the Admiral.