Queen Elizabeth arrival watched by thousands

Queen Elizabeth arrival watched by thousands

Queen Elizabeth arrival watched by thousands

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Shipping & Heritage Reporter

After 18 months, the waiting is finally over and Southampton now has a brand new Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth, which is to be named in a spectacular Royal ceremony on Monday.

The Queen, watched by thousands of specially invited guests, will send the traditional bottle of champagne crashing against the vessel's huge hull to signal the start of an ocean-going career that will voyage far into the 21st century.

Despite the early morning arrival time, local people came out in force to watch the brand new, £400m vessel make her way along the Solent, before turning into Southampton Water, and enter her home port for the first time today.

Sightseers gathered at every vantage point along the waterfront, rows of parked cars at Weston Shore flashed their headlights in welcome, while Town Quay and Mayflower Park were favourite spots with the crowds as the 92,400 ton, Queen Elizabeth made her dramatic entrance into the docks.

The biggest, and loudest greeting came from the packed decks of the P&O Cruises' supership, Ventura, berthed in the Western Docks, where many hundreds of passengers waved union jacks, and gave Queen Elizabeth "Three Cheers'' as vessels exchanged booming blasts from their whistles.

The third Cunard Queen to bear the name Elizabeth, will, after the naming ceremony, join vessels Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria based in Southampton.

As she undertakes this latest ceremony, the Queen will be recreating one of the most famous events of her long reign, when back in September 1967, she named the new vessel's world famous predecessor, the legendary, Queen Elizabeth 2.

Built in Italy, the new ship is the sixth Cunard Queen in the company's 170-year history and is the second largest vessel ever built for the line.

To celebrate the naming, Southampton City Council is hosting a series of free events.

Guildhall Square will be the scene of an Elizabethan Experience on Saturday and Sunday from 11am with demonstrations of music, dancing and sword fighting by costumed characters.

Tribute band The Kings of Queen will perform Queen's greatest hits on Sunday from 7.30pm, after creative sessions for children at the Maritime Museum from 11.30am-3.30pm.

The naming ceremony will be broadcast live on a big screen in Guildhall Square on Monday from 3.25pm.

Queen Elizabeth will leave on her maiden voyage, a 13-night cruise to the Canary Islands, on Tuesday at 4.30pm.

Have you a picture of Queen Elizabeth's arrival? Send your images to picdesk@dailyecho.co.uk and we'll add them to the gallery.

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4:04pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Brite Spark says...

Queen Elizabeth is a great looking ship, I saw her from Town Quay today looking fantastic in the sunshine. Southampton should be proud of The Cunarders, and the other liners that come here, but Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 look better than the rest by far.
Queen Elizabeth is a great looking ship, I saw her from Town Quay today looking fantastic in the sunshine. Southampton should be proud of The Cunarders, and the other liners that come here, but Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 look better than the rest by far. Brite Spark
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4:26pm Fri 8 Oct 10

col123 says...

It's wonderful to have a "Mary"and a "Lizzie"again. Queen Victoria should stay just that.I feel that is a name one should never shorten.
It's wonderful to have a "Mary"and a "Lizzie"again. Queen Victoria should stay just that.I feel that is a name one should never shorten. col123
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4:49pm Fri 8 Oct 10

col123 says...

Thought I'd get that in before all you miserable soulless ones start carping about her.All the usual comments about floating blocks of flats,etc. I'm sure adverse comments were made when the first steamships appeared.
You know the sort of thing,"Ugly great things,not like the beautiful Clipper Ships." Clipper Ships were beautiful things.They were also dammned hard work for the Crew.Something that Landlubbers wouldn't understand.
Once again,like then,we have a new breed of Ships.Get used to it.
Thought I'd get that in before all you miserable soulless ones start carping about her.All the usual comments about floating blocks of flats,etc. I'm sure adverse comments were made when the first steamships appeared. You know the sort of thing,"Ugly great things,not like the beautiful Clipper Ships." Clipper Ships were beautiful things.They were also dammned hard work for the Crew.Something that Landlubbers wouldn't understand. Once again,like then,we have a new breed of Ships.Get used to it. col123
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6:42pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Brite Spark says...

OMG South Today have just announced that they are going to be onboard Queen Elizabeth on Monday, 'live' for the naming ceremony. The pictures should be great but do we have to have Sally Taylor of the BBC's Sally Taylor Network at the helm? Let Roger Johnson take the lead or bring back Bruce Parker, else Taylor will spoil the whole event. She messed up the departure of the QE2, the BBC must have learned enough from that not to make the same mistake again.
OMG South Today have just announced that they are going to be onboard Queen Elizabeth on Monday, 'live' for the naming ceremony. The pictures should be great but do we have to have Sally Taylor of the BBC's Sally Taylor Network at the helm? Let Roger Johnson take the lead or bring back Bruce Parker, else Taylor will spoil the whole event. She messed up the departure of the QE2, the BBC must have learned enough from that not to make the same mistake again. Brite Spark
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7:11pm Fri 8 Oct 10

The Foot Soldier says...

'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.
'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in. The Foot Soldier
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8:08pm Fri 8 Oct 10

col123 says...

A Pongo wouldn't understand what a Ship was all about.You have tohave spent quite a few years at sea for that.
A Pongo wouldn't understand what a Ship was all about.You have tohave spent quite a few years at sea for that. col123
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12:25am Sat 9 Oct 10

Scrutinizer says...

The Foot Soldier wrote:
'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.
Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench!
[quote][p][bold]The Foot Soldier[/bold] wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.[/p][/quote]Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench! Scrutinizer
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12:31am Sat 9 Oct 10

Brite Spark says...

col123 wrote:
A Pongo wouldn't understand what a Ship was all about.You have tohave spent quite a few years at sea for that.
Bravo Zulu!
[quote][p][bold]col123[/bold] wrote: A Pongo wouldn't understand what a Ship was all about.You have tohave spent quite a few years at sea for that.[/p][/quote]Bravo Zulu! Brite Spark
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2:17am Sat 9 Oct 10

McSholing says...

Yawn!! Sorry for you 'liner-spotters' but, foreign made, foreign crewed, 20p an hour dockworkers etc. does not get this Sotonian excited.
And because of the above I will bet Im part of the vast majority in this city.
Yawn!! Sorry for you 'liner-spotters' but, foreign made, foreign crewed, 20p an hour dockworkers etc. does not get this Sotonian excited. And because of the above I will bet Im part of the vast majority in this city. McSholing
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9:16am Sat 9 Oct 10

News Fanatic says...

Brite Spark wrote:
OMG South Today have just announced that they are going to be onboard Queen Elizabeth on Monday, 'live' for the naming ceremony. The pictures should be great but do we have to have Sally Taylor of the BBC's Sally Taylor Network at the helm? Let Roger Johnson take the lead or bring back Bruce Parker, else Taylor will spoil the whole event. She messed up the departure of the QE2, the BBC must have learned enough from that not to make the same mistake again.
Chris Peacock of Southern Television and TVS was very good at describing royal events. He always managed to find the right words and even made it sound as though he meant them. I believe he is now an actor on stage.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: OMG South Today have just announced that they are going to be onboard Queen Elizabeth on Monday, 'live' for the naming ceremony. The pictures should be great but do we have to have Sally Taylor of the BBC's Sally Taylor Network at the helm? Let Roger Johnson take the lead or bring back Bruce Parker, else Taylor will spoil the whole event. She messed up the departure of the QE2, the BBC must have learned enough from that not to make the same mistake again.[/p][/quote]Chris Peacock of Southern Television and TVS was very good at describing royal events. He always managed to find the right words and even made it sound as though he meant them. I believe he is now an actor on stage. News Fanatic
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2:09pm Sat 9 Oct 10

Propercynic says...

McSholing wrote:
Yawn!! Sorry for you 'liner-spotters' but, foreign made, foreign crewed, 20p an hour dockworkers etc. does not get this Sotonian excited.
And because of the above I will bet Im part of the vast majority in this city.
There's always one misery, isn't there? If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say it.
[quote][p][bold]McSholing[/bold] wrote: Yawn!! Sorry for you 'liner-spotters' but, foreign made, foreign crewed, 20p an hour dockworkers etc. does not get this Sotonian excited. And because of the above I will bet Im part of the vast majority in this city.[/p][/quote]There's always one misery, isn't there? If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say it. Propercynic
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4:44pm Sat 9 Oct 10

The Foot Soldier says...

Scrutinizer wrote:
The Foot Soldier wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.
Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench!
So we should welcome people who clearly don't have a purpose? Whilst we are at work there are clowns who go down to flast there lights at a floating hotel. Yeah can't see the problem in that. Joke.
[quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Foot Soldier[/bold] wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.[/p][/quote]Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench![/p][/quote]So we should welcome people who clearly don't have a purpose? Whilst we are at work there are clowns who go down to flast there lights at a floating hotel. Yeah can't see the problem in that. Joke. The Foot Soldier
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8:32pm Sat 9 Oct 10

Scrutinizer says...

The Foot Soldier wrote:
Scrutinizer wrote:
The Foot Soldier wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.
Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench!
So we should welcome people who clearly don't have a purpose? Whilst we are at work there are clowns who go down to flast there lights at a floating hotel. Yeah can't see the problem in that. Joke.
"Joke"? Too right! I'll tell you what, when we're in a trench out of ammo, water and women, and the enemy hordes are closing in fast for a little bayonet practise, do remind me not to wind up next to you, won't you?! I think I'd rather shoot me bl**dy self!
[quote][p][bold]The Foot Soldier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Foot Soldier[/bold] wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.[/p][/quote]Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench![/p][/quote]So we should welcome people who clearly don't have a purpose? Whilst we are at work there are clowns who go down to flast there lights at a floating hotel. Yeah can't see the problem in that. Joke.[/p][/quote]"Joke"? Too right! I'll tell you what, when we're in a trench out of ammo, water and women, and the enemy hordes are closing in fast for a little bayonet practise, do remind me not to wind up next to you, won't you?! I think I'd rather shoot me bl**dy self! Scrutinizer
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6:26pm Mon 11 Oct 10

drakey says...

Scrutinizer wrote:
The Foot Soldier wrote:
Scrutinizer wrote:
The Foot Soldier wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.
Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench!
So we should welcome people who clearly don't have a purpose? Whilst we are at work there are clowns who go down to flast there lights at a floating hotel. Yeah can't see the problem in that. Joke.
"Joke"? Too right! I'll tell you what, when we're in a trench out of ammo, water and women, and the enemy hordes are closing in fast for a little bayonet practise, do remind me not to wind up next to you, won't you?! I think I'd rather shoot me bl**dy self!
Dunno what you guys are moaning about this for - i was on Weston shore when she arrived in Southampton, I really didn't see car lights flashing, more like the cars going through the mist which was settled over the shore as they went round the corner - couldn't really even see the new Lizze through the blooming mist!!!
[quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Foot Soldier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Foot Soldier[/bold] wrote: 'rows of cars flashed there lights' Just goes to show what a sad world we live in.[/p][/quote]Oh you poor ol' so 'n 'so! Cheer up, it's just people having a bit of fun! Never mind mate, try not to worry too much, eh? It'll all be over by Christmas! In the meantime enjoy yourself back in your trench![/p][/quote]So we should welcome people who clearly don't have a purpose? Whilst we are at work there are clowns who go down to flast there lights at a floating hotel. Yeah can't see the problem in that. Joke.[/p][/quote]"Joke"? Too right! I'll tell you what, when we're in a trench out of ammo, water and women, and the enemy hordes are closing in fast for a little bayonet practise, do remind me not to wind up next to you, won't you?! I think I'd rather shoot me bl**dy self![/p][/quote]Dunno what you guys are moaning about this for - i was on Weston shore when she arrived in Southampton, I really didn't see car lights flashing, more like the cars going through the mist which was settled over the shore as they went round the corner - couldn't really even see the new Lizze through the blooming mist!!! drakey
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