Royal Navy warship HMS Northumberland is set to play a lead role in events marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo this weekend.
The Plymouth Type 23 frigate sails from Ostend in Belgium to Kent as part of a re-enactment called The New Waterloo Dispatch.
The event recreates the historic journey of the dispatch – carrying news of the British and Allied Forces victory over Napoleon – between Waterloo and London.
HMS Northumberland will carry the document between Ostend and Broadstairs, arriving off Viking Bay on Saturday (June 20).
The event culminates in a Waterloo Parade along The Mall on Sunday, led by The Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.
The procession includes 150 cadets from the three services and seven European military bands.
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