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Sail into History

QE2 is a legendary liner, adored the world over. Many who sat on their father's shoulders to watch her leave the Clyde almost 40 years ago are amongst her biggest fans today. She's been a troop carrier, hostess to royalty and witness to history.

30 Dec 1964 Contract to build QE2 signed between Cunard and John Brown Shipyard
5 July 1965 Keel laid
20 Sept 1967 Launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
23 Dec 1968 Sea trials complete
18 Apr 1969 Cunard formally accepts delivery
2 May 1969 Maiden Voyage
June 1970 Crosses Atlantic westbound in a record time of 3 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes
October 1972 Queens Grill Penthouses added, altering external appearance
4 Jan 1975 Sails from Southampton on first World Cruise - a journey of 38,000 miles
25 Mar 1975 First transit of Panama Canal, making her the largest ship to travel through the canal
3 May 1982 Requisitioned for use by the British Government as a troopship in the Falklands Islands Campaign
24 July 1990 An estimated 1 million spectators greet her maiden arrival in Liverpool
27 July 1990 The Queen became the first reigning monarch to sail on a comercial liner with passengers
14 June 1995 Leaves New York for Southampton on her 1,000th voyage
29-31 Mar 1998 South African President Nelson Mandela sails from Durban to Cape Town
29 Aug 2002 QE2 completes five million miles - a world record and a world first
25 Apr 2004 QE2 meets Queen Mary 2 for the first time in New York after completing her last westbound transatlantic crossing as Cunards flagship
25 Apr 2004 Historic Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing in tandem with Queen Mary 2
1 May 2004 QE2 passes the flagship status to Queen Mary 2 when the Boston Cup is transferred to Commodore Warwick, Queen Mary 2
4 Sept 2005 QE2 becomes the longest serving Cunard ship in the company's history
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