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Royal guest to help celebrate QM2's tenth anniversary

Daily Echo: ON THE BRIDGE: The Duke of Edinburgh with Captain Paul Wright and chief engineer Brian Whattling, during his tour of the QM2 ten years ago.

11:00am Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE Duke of Edinburgh will cement his long- standing connection with Southampton-based shipping line Cunard when he visits the company’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, in the port on Friday.

QE2 to leave Dubai

Daily Echo: QE2 in Dubai, pictured in 2011

11:32am Monday 8th July 2013

THE QE2 is to leave Dubai under her own steam to a new home port, it has been revealed.

Luxury treatment for QE2

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12:12pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Owners promise to look after city’s former liner Queen Elizabeth 2 as it is turned into a 500-bed hotel

QE2 to be taken to Asia

Daily Echo: QE2 owners committed to luxury hotel plan

9:47am Thursday 17th January 2013

Famous passenger liner the Queen Elizabeth 2 will be moved to Asia as a floating luxury hotel, according to its owners.

London calling for luxury QE2?

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10:31am Tuesday 8th January 2013

MINISTERS are being urged to back a plan to put Southampton’s former great liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, in one of the most famous waters of all – the River Thames in London.

QE2 in potential £20m deal to be scrapped

Daily Echo: QE2 just hours from new home in Dubai

10:07am Monday 24th December 2012

The QE2, one of Southampton's most iconic cruise ships, could be set to be sold for scrap for £20m.

QE2 to be scrapped?

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4:00am Wednesday 17th October 2012

IS the end in sight for QE2, Southampton’s former legendary liner?

QE2 to become hotel

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11:07am Monday 2nd July 2012

Dubai has settled on a use for the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner it bought for £64 million, with plans to make it into a floating hotel fitted with the original furnishings.

QE2's anchor to find new home in city

Daily Echo: The QE2's anchor

3:05pm Tuesday 19th October 2010

CIVIC chiefs have finally decided on a new home for the QE2’s anchor almost two years since it was given to the city by former owners Cunard.

Will QE2’s owner sell off liner to ease debts?

Daily Echo: Will QE2’s owner sell off liner to ease debts?

11:42am Wednesday 10th February 2010

A QUESTION mark again hangs over the future of Southampton’s legendary QE2 cruise liner after reports its owner in Dubai could sell off the vessel to ease its mounting debts.

Dreams fade for much-loved QE2

Daily Echo: Dreams fade for much-loved QE2

11:44am Tuesday 10th November 2009

It was as if she just disappeared into the night, merging with the darkness to fade away from sight and into Southampton’s past.

QE2 remains high and dry in Dubai

Daily Echo: QE2 in dry dock in Dubai

7:59am Thursday 13th August 2009

Exclusive pictures show liner in dry dock before her move to South Africa

Owners confirm QE2 going to South Africa

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11:19am Tuesday 21st July 2009

THE owners of legendary Southampton cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 have confirmed that they are moving her to South Africa, as revealed by the Daily Echo.

Rumours of QE2 memorabilia for sale on the web untrue

Daily Echo: Rumours of QE2 memorabilia for sale on the web untrue

10:03am Friday 27th March 2009

RUMOURS that Southampton’s former liner Queen Elizabeth 2, now in Dubai, could be scrapped have been dismissed as “inaccurate’’ by one of the ship’s most famous captains.

QE2 owners committed to luxury hotel plan

Daily Echo: QE2 owners committed to luxury hotel plan

3:48pm Sunday 8th March 2009

THE Dubai developer who bought the world-famous Southampton liner Queen Elizabeth 2 said today it was still committed to renovating the ship.

Fears that QE2 could be cut up for scrap

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7:33am Thursday 12th February 2009

THE owners of Southampton’s former liner Queen Elizabeth 2 are remaining tight-lipped over fears that the world-famous Cunarder could eventually be cut up for scrap.

Now they plan to slice QE2 in half!

Daily Echo: QE2 departing Southampton

7:20am Thursday 8th January 2009

Southampton’s former liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to be sliced in two as part of her conversion into a floating hotel in Dubai it can be revealed.

No funnel, but city will still receive a QE2 memento

Daily Echo: SECURED: QE2, with her two anchors circled.

8:25am Friday 28th November 2008

One of Queen Elizabeth 2’s massive anchors is coming home to Southampton as a gift to the city from the Dubai royal family and Cunard.

QE2 to receive royal welcome in Dubai

Daily Echo: QE2 Farewell

8:32am Wednesday 26th November 2008

A royal welcome awaits Southampton’s former liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, when she arrives in her new home of Dubai today.

QE2 just hours from new home in Dubai

Daily Echo: QE2 just hours from new home in Dubai

8:17am Tuesday 25th November 2008

Captain gets set to call ‘finished with engines’ as ship approaches Dubai

Let QE2’s funnel return to its home

Daily Echo: Let QE2’s funnel return to its home

7:10am Friday 21st November 2008

Online petition gets support from around the world

Get your free QE2 ringtone for your mobile phone

Daily Echo: Get QE2's whistle as a free ringtone for your phone

5:40pm Friday 14th November 2008

THE Daily Echo has a special download to commemorate the leaving of QE2 from Southampton.

Should QE2 funnel be returned to Southampton?

Daily Echo: QE2's famous funnel

8:57am Wednesday 12th November 2008

AS the QE2 continues its final cruise questions are today being asked about the future of its iconic funnel.

An ocean of memories

12:00pm Wednesday 12th November 2008

QE2 bows out of her home port for the last time to an explosion of fireworks before sailing to Dubai to be turned into a floating hotel

A moving message from Captain Ian McNaught

Daily Echo: Captain Ian McNaught

11:06am Wednesday 12th November 2008

In a moving, personal message that came from the heart, the master of Queen Elizabeth 2, Captain Ian McNaught, said an official farewell to the people of Southampton.

QE2 memories by Daily Echo’s Keith Hamilton

Daily Echo: Keith Hamilton

11:30am Wednesday 12th November 2008

She may no longer be still with us in Southampton but all those wonderful memories can never be taken away.

QE2 sails away on tide of emotion

Daily Echo: Firework send-off

10:49pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

THE QE2, which had run aground hours earlier, tonight sailed serenely out of Southampton on a tide of emotion on its last-ever voyage.

Poppies dropped over QE2 as part of commemorations

Daily Echo: Poppies dropped over QE2 as part of commemorations

12:21pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

One million poppies were dropped on to the QE2 this morning to mark not only the 90th anniversary of the Armistice but the Cunard vessel's last day at Southampton.

QE2: The final blow

Daily Echo: QE2 in dry dock

11:15am Tuesday 11th November 2008

QE2: The final blow on the very day we say goodbye to a great Cunarder. . .

QE2 fans from across the globe welcome her home

Daily Echo: Diana Baker from Sydney who will be on the final voyage pictured with her mother Margaret Baker.

8:08am Tuesday 11th November 2008

Crowds from across the globe gathered to see QE2 for a final time today.

QE2 - Where to say goodbye

Daily Echo: QE2 WHERE TO SAY GOODBYE

11:04am Tuesday 11th November 2008

According to Cunard, sightseers will be able to see QE2 as she leaves for the final time tonight at the following places and times.

Long serving Commodore will return as QE2 captain

10:40am Tuesday 11th November 2008

COMMODORE Ronald Warwick, the longest serving master on QE2, is to return as the ship’s captain when she arrives in Dubai.

City to say farewell to the QE2

Daily Echo: The QE2 in Southampton Docks

11:23am Monday 10th November 2008

IN peace and war she loyally served the nation and, for the last 40 years, has been Southampton’s finest ambassador.

Our QE2 winners

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5:10am Friday 7th November 2008

Lucky readers share prize-winning tales of their time on great Cunard liner

Anger as gifts to QE2 crew are sold on eBay

Daily Echo: Anger as gifts to QE2 crew are sold on eBay

4:30pm Tuesday 4th November 2008

Captain’s surprise presents to crew missing in transit

A final farewell – Southampton waves goodbye to QE2

Daily Echo: A final farewell – Southampton waves goodbye to QE2

3:10pm Thursday 30th October 2008

THE world’s most famous liner, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will leave Southampton for the last time on Tuesday, November 11. After 41 years of service the famous liner is set to become a floating hotel and shopping centre in Dubai and Southampton will be seeing her off in style. The QE2 will be given a massive send-off and you can be part of this historic occasion.

Historic painting unveiled

Daily Echo:

11:09am Thursday 5th June 2008

This is the painting that will belong to the people of Southampton as a lasting reminder of perhaps the greatest liner the port has seen in its long history.

QE2 should have given way in ferry incident

6:38pm Saturday 22nd March 2008

AN investigation was launched into an incident involving the Southampton-based luxury liner QE2 and a cross-Channel ferry.

The young QE2 takes to the water

Daily Echo: Photographer Dick Patience and his picture of QE2

11:02am Friday 21st September 2007

Amazing colour photos of liner found in Echo archives

Maggie aboard QE2

Daily Echo:

10:10am Friday 14th September 2007

There will be two Iron Ladies celebrating a very special birthday party in Southampton tomorrow.

QE2 'too young' to be saved

Daily Echo:

10:00am Thursday 2nd August 2007

A DESPERATE last-ditch attempt to keep Southampton's most famous liner in her home port has failed because the ship is 'too young'.

QE2 voyage sold in half an hour

Daily Echo:

10:03am Friday 29th June 2007

The final voyage on QE2 was sold out in just 36 minutes.

City MPS dismayed at QE2 decision

12:00pm Thursday 21st June 2007

SOUTHAMPTON gave the Queen Elizabeth 2 freedom of the city - now the departing liner should return the favour, MPs said yesterday.

Anger over QE2 decision

Daily Echo:

9:00am Tuesday 19th June 2007

QUESTIONS were today being asked about why Southampton was not given the chance to keep world famous liner Queen Elizabeth 2.

QE2 to be sold for £50m as floating hotel

Daily Echo:

9:16am Monday 18th June 2007

Southampton-based Cunard liner QE2 is to cease ocean cruises and become a luxury floating hotel, it was announced today.



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