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A descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson paid an emotional visit to his famous ship HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Lily Style, of South Brent, Devon, discovered she was the fourth great granddaughter of Nelson by researching her descendancy online.

She brought her partner Matthew Gibson and four year-old daughter Sophie along for the special day at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the ship lies in dry dock.

She said: “HMS Victory is a perfect war memorial for a brave crew who didn’t die, except – so poignantly – Nelson, my fourth great grandfather. His death here in a moment of glory felt very, very sad to me. To me the Victory felt like both a celebration of its unsung crewmen heroes and a sad, silent shrine to Nelson whose death resonates very deeply.”

Lily had visited the Battle of Trafalgar warship as a child. Her recent interest and research was prompted earlier this year after meeting an older brother she had never met. He had researched into their Nelson descent via online ancestry sites.

She added: “Seeing the point where Nelson died with the large painting displayed portraying the scene did bring a tear to my eye. I think the Victory experience, having brought Nelson so vividly to life, made his death feel fresh and the loss new.

“The whole experience was wonderful. It has enriched my life and I am very glad that the National Museum of the Royal Navy have preserved the Victory so well so that its story – that the Victory and its brave crew saved England – is open to all.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 02392 839766, historicdockyard.co.uk

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