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Issue Date: 16/10/2008
Issue Name: QE2's Last Ever Transatlantic Crossing
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Loved by millions since her launch in 1969 (the same year that Concorde first flew), Cunard's most loved cruise ship retired in 2008 to become a floating hotel in Dubai. Her LAST TRIP back to These Shores. We were thrilled to work once again with Cunard to mark QE2's final Atlantic crossing. This was her final return home, back to Southampton. An end of an era - and a very emotional time for many of us. We set ourselves the challenge of creating a cover to mark this massive change in the history of the seas, that is as special as the great Ocean Liner herself.
These superb tribute covers come genuinely postmarked in New York, USA on the day QE2 leaves New York for the LAST time. That's right. Each of these limited edition covers will have been onboard QE2's final cruise from New York to Southampton. It carries a genuine 1969 QE2 stamp. Limited Numbers are available personally signed by the Captain of the QE2.
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.