1967: The launch of the “Queen Elizabeth 2” by Her Majesty the Queen, who was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Philip and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, marks the culmination of John Brown’s shipbuilding activities.
Cunard were quick to point out that the ship was not a pale replica of her two proud forebears, the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth.
They said she was an entirely different ship with a new conception and a new role.
Unlike the two previous Queens, she was ‘not merely a luxurious means of crossing the Atlantic for the leisured and wealthy’.
Over time, she became a holiday vessel as Cunard met market demand over the next two decades. Designed primarily as a classless ship, without any of the rigid three-class demarcation of the old Queens, she had a discotheque, pop groups and a modern art gallery.
QE2 was designed for the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, UK to New York, and was named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth.