Cunard Queens honour Queens 60-year reign
This week, Cunard brought together its three Queen's to host the largest Diamond Jubilee celebration outside of London. The Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth met in Southampton for the first time on Tuesday (5 June 2012), in a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
It was the first time that the Cunard fleet has been seen arriving and departing together in a three-ship formation at their homeport in England. The ships approached the port soon after dawn, sailing in single file up Southampton Water where they were welcomed by a flotilla of small boats.
QM2 then revealed a massive "Congratulations Ma'am" banner near the funnel, while all three ships' whistles sounded in salute. The celebrations, believed to be the largest Diamond Jubilee event outside of London, culminated in an evening spectacular of fireworks and special effects.
Peter Shanks, President of Cunard Line, said the company wanted to mark the occasion "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".
He said Queen Elizabeth II had long been associated with Cunard, as the only person to have attended the naming of all three "Elizabeths", beginning in 1938 with the original Queen Elizabeth, then in 1967 when she launched Queen Elizabeth 2 and in 2010 when she named the new Queen Elizabeth.