Friday, June 15, 2012
Historic Cunard Royal Rendezvous Pays Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, Godmother of Flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth
On June 5, 2012 - In what is believed to be the largest Diamond Jubilee celebration outside of London, all three ships of the Cunard Line fleet – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – sailed up Southampton Water in formation for the first time in preparation for a day of special tributes, celebrations and displays to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Her Majesty The Queen has long been associated with Cunard, being the only person to have attended the naming of all three Cunard Elizabeths, beginning in 1938 with the original Queen Elizabeth, then in 1967 when she launched Queen Elizabeth 2 and 2010 when she named the new Queen Elizabeth.
This is the first time that the three Queens – the largest Cunarders ever built – have been seen arriving and departing together in formation at their home port of Southampton, England.
“Cunard is delighted to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a way that gives everyone, especially our guests, a truly remarkable day that they will feel proud to talk about for years to come, taking part in history and marking the sixty glorious years of Her Majesty’s reign in fitting, legendary and memorable Cunard style,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.
Events were planned through the evening to create both an outstanding guest experience and a fitting commemoration of Her Majesty’s reign. The celebrations culminated in an evening spectacular when all three ships were again brought within close proximity of each other, and from 10.20pm GMT, a fusillade of fireworks and special effects lite up the evening sky beyond them.
Queen Mary 2 lead Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in single file down Southampton Water as all three ships set out on their celebratory Diamond Jubilee voyages.
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