LONDON -- The ninth Lord Nelson of Trafalgar is a policeman with rather less experience of the sea than his famous ancestor.
'I've been on the cross-Channel ferries and across the North Sea, but never any great distance,' said detective Peter John Horatio Nelson, 39, who has inherited the title from his uncle George, who managed a pub.
The first Lord Nelson was the admiral who led the British victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 in which he died.
'I'm entitled to sit in the (House of) Lords but I've no plans to do so,' the new Lord Nelson said. 'I cannot allow it to change my life.'
Lady Nelson -- wife Maureen, aged 33 -- will continue to work as a secretary.
'My wife and I just want to carry on as usual,' Lord Nelson said. 'It's not as if she's packed in work and has gone out looking to buy a tiara.'
Ten-year-old Simon John Horatio Nelson is next in line to inherit the title from his father.