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Cunard captains on parade for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Masters of the Three Cunard Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, stand before the bow of the ship named by Her Majesty in 2010, as Cunard paid its own special tribute to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Southampton today.

All three ships of the Cunard fleet sailed up Southampton Water in formation for the first time, in preparation for a day of special tributes, celebrations and displays to mark the occasion.

captains of three Cunard Queens
Left to right:  Captain Peter Philpott. Master of Queen Victoria; Commodore Christopher Rynd, Master of Queen Elizabeth; Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 approached the port soon after first light, sailing in single file up Southampton Water, with a flotilla of small boats welcoming them in.

Queen Mary 2 turned in the upper swinging ground as Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria tied up close to City Terminal.  Queen Mary 2 then slowly passed each ship in turn, creating a three ship formation and revealing a ‘Congratulations Ma’am’ message by her funnel.  With crew lining the foredecks of all three vessels, the ships’ whistles sounded in salute of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. 

Posted on 5th June 2012 at 04:19 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | Cruise Lines | Cunard Line | (0) Comments

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