Issue Date: 10/10/2008
Issue Name: QE2 Final Translantic Voyage Carried Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Marking the End of an Era with this Superb Cunard cover. An icon of our times, QE2 sailed to her final resting place after 40 years of loyal service in 2008. Loved by millions since her launch in 1969 (the same year that Concorde first flew), Cunard's most loved cruise ship retired to become a floating hotel in Dubai. As well as being perhaps the world's most famous cruise ship, QE2 also played her part for her country in 1982 during the Falklands Conflict. She carried 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crew to the south Atlantic. For most of us, she is a symbol of the age of glamour, of holidays and luxury, of dreams, delight, of freedom of the seas. Her final voyage truly was the end of an era.
We were thrilled to be working once again with Cunard to commemorate QE2's final Atlantic crossing. This cover marked QE2's last voyage from Southampton to New York , and was genuinely postmarked in Southampton, UK. On the day QE2 left Southampton for the LAST time on her way to New York and was carried on her final Atlantic voyage.
Farewell to the British Isles
QE2 was not named after Queen Elizabeth II, who launched her in 1967, but after the previous ship named Queen Elizabeth. The arabic numeral "2" is used in the ship's name to distinguish her from the Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. When the Queen launched the ship in 1967, she referred to it as Queen Elizabeth the Second, but the ship is normally called Queen Elizabeth Two, not The Second, for the same reason.
She was the flagship of Cunard Line from 1967. Built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners prior to the construction of Queen Mary 2, which became Cunard's new flagship in 2004. Before QE2 was refitted with a diesel power plant in 1986, she was also the last oil fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service.
During almost 40 years of service, QE2 has travelled the world and now predomiantly operates voyages sailing roundtrip from Southampton, England. She will cease her role as an ocean going liner in late 2008. After which, QE2 will become a floating hotel at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.