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Learn About the Pride of the British Isles
See Exotic Locations
At its peak, the British Empire covered 25% of the world's land and included 25% of its people. This map shows the Empire slightly prior to that, in 1850. The Royal Navy was responsible for policing this territory, since none of it was accessible by land for the British. Notable territories controlled by Britain included Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, India, and Hong Kong.
History of the Royal Navy
The link below provides a thorough summary of the history of the British Navy. Yes, it is a Wikipedia link, but for basic overviews it is excellent.
Serve Under Britain's Finest
Video: The Battle of Trafalgar in 90 Seconds
The video below is a helpful, short summary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The battle was fought in 1805 between the forces of Britain (led by Lord Nelson) and Napoleon's French Navy. Nelson's skillful maneuvering proved essential to the British forces.
Battle of Trafalgar in 90 Seconds
Video: History of the Union Jack
The video below is mostly for fun, since it isn't strictly about the Royal Navy, but it does provide a great history of the flag of the United Kingdom.
History of the Union Jack
The Royal Navy Today
Click on the link below to visit the website of the Royal Navy and see how it operates today; the types of vessels, different organizations/branches, etc.
The Royal Navy on YouTube
The modern Royal Navy actually has a YouTube channel. If you follow the link below you can see the videos they've posted, including videos of operations, memorial videos, remembrances, etc.
The song linked below is called "Rule, Britannia," written in 1740. It a patriotic anthem in Britain. It is not the official song of the Royal Navy, but the two are strongly connected.