Video: Cunard’s Three Queens Arrive in Southampton for QM2’s Birthday Celebrations

May 9, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Cunard celebrated the 10th anniversary of its flagship, Queen Mary 2 with the arrival of its three-ship fleet in Southampton this morning, and we were on hand for the event.
QM2 and its sister ships — Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth — all left Lisbon and made the transit to Southampton together. The ships arrived together at dawn and began the celebrations with an early morning birthday salute, the “Happy Birthday” tune played by the ships’ foghorns, sounding out across Southampton Water.
Later in the day, four beefeaters trumpeted the arrival of HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, guest of honor at the event. (He accompanied HRH The Queen 10 years ago when she named the ship in 2004.)
During the ceremony, Prince Phillip unveiled a painting of the ship by Robert Lloyd.
All QM2 captains past and present attended the ceremony, including the current captain who said:
“As we leave Southampton and make our way to New York, we will be accompanied by our sisters Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.”
He added: “A ship is nothing without a crew and I would like to thank the crew for their tremendous service in the past 10 years.”
A ten-minute firework display tonight at 10 pm will serve as the send off for the three ships before Queen Mary 2 leads the convoy down to the Solent.
QM2 will sail a special anniversary transatlantic crossing to New York with QM2 designer Stephen Payne and the ship’s first master, Commodore Ron Warwick, among the speakers. Queen Elizabeth will sail on a short break to Hamburg and Queen Victoria will head for the Baltic capitals.
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    2 Responses to “Video: Cunard’s Three Queens Arrive in Southampton for QM2’s Birthday Celebrations”

    1. ryba
      May 9th, 2014 @ 1:39 pm


    2. Fletcher
      May 9th, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

      Why do Cunard wallpaper their videos with music, with none of the live sound? I was there – the live sound as Happy Birthday was played was spine chilling and evocative of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. I’ve got that sound and the rest, which is also awesome, but my video is shaky and amateurish.

      Who wants that sound?

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