HRH the Duke of Edinburgh was in attendance for Queen Mary 2’s 10th anniversary celebration in Southampton. It was the first time His Royal Highness has visited Queen Mary 2 since accompanying Her Majesty the Queen when she named the ship in Southampton on 8 January 2004.
Prior to attending a reception and lunch on board, the Duke of Edinburgh visited several behind-the-scenes crew areas and met with crew who perform several different roles on board. He spent time in the ship’s laundry room, crew gymnasium, crew training room library and in one of the crew bars.
After meeting officers on the bridge he was given a tour of the largest bridge at sea prior to being invited to sign the Visitor’s Book. At a special reception unveiled a portrait of Queen Mary 2 by renowned maritime artist Robert Lloyd that has been commissioned by Cunard to celebrate a decade of service by their flagship, Queen Mary 2.
Cunard’s Chief Executive Officer, David Dingle, said: “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. For him to have spent time with many of our 1,200 staff has been very exciting and highly appropriate, for it is they who have made Queen Mary 2 the great success she is today.”
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