Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary II head for Southampton

Daily Echo: The Three Queens in Lisbon - Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria. Photo by Cunard The Three Queens in Lisbon - Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria. Photo by Cunard

They are on their way! Three of the world's most famous ships are heading for Southampton for the tenth anniversary of the Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2 in the port on Friday.

The world's grandest ocean liner, QM2 and her sister ships, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, are sailing in formation from Lisbon, Portugal to Southampton ahead of a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate QM2's tenth anniversary as Cunard's flagship.

QM2 is on the final leg of her annual world cruise and her sister ships were on hand to escort her home to Southampton in style. For the first time ever, the three Queens were photographed side-by-side at sea as part of a shoot which took months of meticulous planning.

Centrepiece of the shoot was QM2 herself, the only ocean liner in service today and still the fastest passenger ship afloat ten years after she was named by the Queen in Southampton back in 2004.

It took the three ships around an hour to sail out of Lisbon to the site of the shoot.

All shipping in the area had to be totally cleared for the three Queens to ensure absolute safety for the technical manoeuvre. Cunard director, Angus Struthers said: “This is the first time all three Queens of the Cunard fleet have been seen together anywhere outside Southampton or New York, and the first time these magnificent ships have been seen together at sea."

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2:01pm Wed 7 May 14

Woodfiddler says...

How about some information ? What time are they expected in Southampton water? at the docks ? What time are the fireworks? and , are they open to the public .
How about some information ? What time are they expected in Southampton water? at the docks ? What time are the fireworks? and , are they open to the public . Woodfiddler
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3:29pm Wed 7 May 14

focus19 says...

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http://www.discovers outhampton.co.uk/vis it/whats-on/2014/05/ 09/cunard-s-three-qu eens focus19
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4:44pm Wed 7 May 14

IronLady2010 says...

Avoid the City by car please. Get the train or anything else, but it will be chaos.
Avoid the City by car please. Get the train or anything else, but it will be chaos. IronLady2010
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Wed 7 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Avoid the City by car please. Get the train or anything else, but it will be chaos.
It will be chaos period it's certain all the shippies will be out
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Avoid the City by car please. Get the train or anything else, but it will be chaos.[/p][/quote]It will be chaos period it's certain all the shippies will be out Kirsty666
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8:28am Thu 8 May 14

Hastagger says...

Great - another day of chaos on the city roads. Surely they should limit them to one ship in at a time, it causes major issues for everyone who works in the city. #trends #shipfail #quenard
Great - another day of chaos on the city roads. Surely they should limit them to one ship in at a time, it causes major issues for everyone who works in the city. #trends #shipfail #quenard Hastagger
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