Cunard celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last week by bringing its three famous queens to their homeport of Southampton for a day of special tributes and displays. It was the first time all three ships have been in the port together – we hope you enjoy this selection of photos from the big day and we’d love to hear from you if you were there!
Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 approached the port soon after first light on Tuesday 5 June, 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. Hundreds of people lined Southampton dockside to watch the three ships arrive in formation.
The Queen performed the naming ceremony for Queen Elizabeth in 2010 and Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
The celebrations came to a head in an evening spectacular when all three ships were brought together, as fireworks and special effects lit up the evening sky.
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth passed in single file down the Solent as all three ships set out on their celebratory Diamond Jubilee voyages, carrying a total of about 6,000 passengers.