Issue Date: 11/11/2008
Issue Name: Queen Elizabeth 2 Final Voyage to Dubai Carried Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Own your own piece of Ocean Liner history. An icon of our times, QE2 has sailed to her final resting place in Dubai after 40 years of loyal service. It is hard to believe that on 11th November 2008, she left Southampton for the final time. Loved by millions since her launch in 1969 (the same year that Concorde first flew), Cunard's most loved cruise ship has now retired. As well as being perhaps the world's most famous cruise ship, QE2 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.
Limited Edition, Official Cunard Cover. We are proud to have worked with Cunard again to commemorate this moment in history. Genuinely postmarked in Southampton, UK, 11th November 2008. That is the day QE2 left Southampton for the LAST time for her LAST EVER voyage. Carried on QE2's final voyage. That's right. Each of these limited edition covers was onboard QE2's final ever voyage, to her resting place in Dubai, where she became a floating hotel. Each cover is stamped with a cachet (rubber stamp) to show it has been onboard. Available personally signed by the Captain of the QE2. Each cover bears an exclusive "carried cachet" (rubber stamp) It also features a genuine 1969 QE2 stamp.
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.