Issue Date: 19/11/2008
Issue Name: Queen Elizabeth 2 Farewell to the British Isles Carried Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
QE2 has been the flagship of the Cunard fleet for over 30 years. She made her maiden voyage in 1969 and is one of the last great Transatlantic liners. With a capacity of over 2000 people and a host of facilities, every journey was luxury. This covers marks her last voyage around Britain. She left Southampton on the 30th September 2008, where the cover was postmarked and then carried onboard. The cover features a 1969 QE2 stamp and a QE2 stamp label from our stunning Last Voyage of the QE2 stamp sheet.
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.