Last Union Jack flown at Trafalgar 'must remain in Britain'

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The last surviving Union Jack flown by the Royal Navy at Trafalgar will remain in Britain after ministers promised to block any foreign attempts to buy it.

The flag will be auctioned in London today, the anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory over a joint French and Spanish fleet off the Spanish coast in 1805.

It is expected to fetch at least 15,000 pounds. Charles Miller, the auctioneer, has said he believes it is the last surviving flag flown during the battle.

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