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Issue Date: 20/09/2017
Issue Name: 50th Anniversary of the Launch of the QE2
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 20th September 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the launch of the QE2. This stunning cover features an image of Queen Elizabeth 2 docked in port and has a 1st class Union Jack stamp and label from our QE2 stamp sheet, along with a Southampton postmark, (it is postmarked on the anniversary date), and we are delighted to have worked officially with Cunard to produce this lovely cover.
Queen Elizabeth 2
The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was originally built for the Cunard Line. Designed for the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton to New York, she operated as both a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship. She served as the flagship of the line from 1969 until she was succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2nd in 2004.
Built by the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, the keel was laid down on 5th July 1965, on the same plot where iconic liners such as Lusitania, RMS Queen Mary, and RMS Queen Elizabeth had been constructed. She was launched and named on 20th September 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who used the same pair of gold scissors as her mother and grandmother used to launch Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary respectively. Queen Elizabeth 2’s maiden voyage, from Southampton to New York, commenced on 2nd May 1969, taking 4 days 16 hours and 35 minutes.
During her active lifetime she participated in the rescue of 500 passengers from the burning French Line ship SS Antilles in 1971 and in 1982 QE2 took part in the Falklands War, carrying 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crew to the South Atlantic. She was refitted in Southampton in preparation for war service, a quarter of her ship’s length being reinforced with steel plating.
On 3 October 2008, QE2 set off from Cork on her farewell tour of Ireland and Britain. At Greenock she was escorted by Royal Navy destroyer HMS Manchester and visited by MV Balmoral. QE2 then sailed around Scotland to the Firth of Forth on 7 October 2008. The next day, following an RAF flypast, she left amidst a flotilla of small craft to head to Newcastle upon Tyne, before returning to Southampton. QE2 left Southampton Docks for the final time on 11 November 2008, to begin her farewell voyage. At the time of her retirement QE2 had sailed 5.6 million miles, carried 2.5 million passengers and completed 806 transatlantic crossings.
On the 8th September 2017 Cunard’s MS Queen Elizabeth will leave Southampton to begin a cruise to commemorate the 50th anniversary of QE2’s launch.