Queen bids farewell to venerable liner
SOUTHAMPTON, England — Queen Elizabeth yesterday bade a fond farewell to the liner that bears her name, the QE2, before it sails off for a new life as a floating hotel in Dubai.
The queen, on the 55th anniversary of her coronation, toured the 70,000-tonne ship in Southampton on England’s south coast on her last visit to the liner she launched on the Clyde in Scotland in 1967.
Carol Marlow, managing director of the ship’s owners Cunard, addressed the Queen and 300 guests including former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
“The QE2 has been a symbol of all that is best about Britain,” Marlow said. “It is the most famous ship afloat, but all things move on and the vessel will now be going to Dubai where it will be admired by generations to come.”
The QE2 has been superseded by bigger, more luxurious liners such as Queen Mary 2, which was also moored in Southampton docks yesterday.
The ship will make its final journey in November to Dubai to be refitted as a luxury floating hotel anchored off Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island.