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Cunard Celebrates Queen Mary 2 10th Anniversary in Southampton with Royal Rendezvous and Visit from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

A fireboat escorts Queen Mary 2 as the Cunard flagship arrives into Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

A fireboat escorts Queen Mary 2 as the Cunard flagship arrives into Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

Queen Mary 2 is greeted by sister ships Queen Elizabeth (left) and Queen Victoria (right) as the Cunard flagship arrives into Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

Queen Mary 2 is greeted by sister ships Queen Elizabeth (left) and Queen Victoria (right) as the Cunard flagship arrives into Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

Another angle of the rare visit of Cunard’s Three Queens (l-r: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2) together in Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate Queen Mary 2’s 10th Anniversary of service / Photo © Cunard Line

Another angle of the rare visit of Cunard’s Three Queens (l-r: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2) together in Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate Queen Mary 2’s 10th Anniversary of service / Photo © Cunard Line

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh meets crew members aboard Queen Mary 2 as Captain Kevin Oprey (right) and David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line (background center), look on, in Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014, during celebrations for the flagship’s 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh meets crew members aboard Queen Mary 2 as Captain Kevin Oprey (right) and David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line (background center), look on, in Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014, during celebrations for the flagship’s 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits with Captain Christopher Wells, master of Queen Mary 2, as Arnold Donald, CEO and president of Carnival Corporation, looks on during the Cunard flagship’s visit to Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits with Captain Christopher Wells, master of Queen Mary 2, as Arnold Donald, CEO and president of Carnival Corporation, looks on during the Cunard flagship’s visit to Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

Captain Kevin Oprey takes His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and other guests on a tour of Cunard’s flagship in her homeport of Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 during celebrations for her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

Captain Kevin Oprey takes His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and other guests on a tour of Cunard’s flagship in her homeport of Southampton, England, on Friday 9 May 2014 during celebrations for her 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh unveils a specially commissioned portrait of Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 by maritime artist Robert Lloyd, while aboard in Southampton, England, on 9 May 2014 to celebrate the ship’s 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh unveils a specially commissioned portrait of Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 by maritime artist Robert Lloyd, while aboard in Southampton, England, on 9 May 2014 to celebrate the ship’s 10th Anniversary / Photo © Cunard Line

Cunard Line celebrated the 10th anniversary of its grand flagship, Queen Mary 2 with the arrival of the whole three ship fleet in Southampton, England, this morning. This was a rare occasion to see all Three Queens together – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria; and the homeport of Southampton is the only place in the world to have hosted the Three Queens three times.

To view video highlights of Queen Mary 2’s arrival this morning in Southampton, visit: http://bit.ly/1l5IJiY. For video highlights of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit aboard, go to: http://bit.ly/DukeOfEdinburgh.

The ships arrived at first light and began a day of spectacular celebration with an early morning birthday salute to Queen Mary 2 – “Happy Birthday” in ships’ whistles (foghorns in common parlance) sounding out across Southampton Water.

This was followed by a special reception and lunch aboard Queen Mary 2 for invited guests in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who last visited the ship when accompanying Her Majesty The Queen to name her in 2004. Prior to the reception and luncheon, His Royal Highness visited several behind-the-scenes areas to meet with crew who perform different roles on board. He spent time in the ship’s Laundry, crew gymnasium, crew training room / library, and one of the crew bars. After meeting officers, he was given a tour of the largest Bridge at sea and was invited to sign the Visitor’s Book.

“We are honoured that His Royal Highness visited our flagship Queen Mary 2 on such a special day in the history of the world’s only ocean liner,” said David Dingle, CEO for Cunard Line. “For him to have spent time with many of our 1,200 staff was very exciting and highly appropriate, for it is they who have made Queen Mary 2 the great success she is today. As we reflect on her first decade of excellence, we look forward to the next ten years and are delighted to have had His Royal Highness taking part in these celebrations with us, as he was also present at her entry into service in 2004.”

At the special reception, His Royal Highness unveiled a portrait of Queen Mary 2 by renowned maritime artist Robert Lloyd that was commissioned by Cunard Line to celebrate a decade of service by the flagship.

Later in the evening, a ten-minute firework display – one minute for each of Queen Mary 2’s ten years in service – will begin at 10:00 p.m. local time and create a spectacular send-off before the flagship leads her younger sisters in convoy down to the Solent.

Queen Mary 2 is setting off on a special anniversary Transatlantic Crossing to New York with the ship’s designer Stephen Payne and the ship’s first master, Commodore Ron Warwick, who will be among the Cunard Insights speakers during the voyage.

Queen Elizabeth will sail on a short break to Hamburg, and Queen Victoria will be headed for the Baltic capitals.

Since entering service, Queen Mary 2 has sailed 1.5 million nautical miles on over 400 voyages including 213 Transatlantic Crossings. She has called at 182 ports in 60 countries and carried over 1.3 million guests.

Information source: Cunard Line

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