Cunard Line’s three vessels, the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, met in Southampton over the weekend to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary.
The vessels also sounded their foghorns in celebration of the royal baby, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
“Cunard’s Three Queens are gathering in Southampton on Sunday to inaugurate the company’s 175 anniversary year in the UK,” said commodore of the fleet and master of Queen Victoria, Christopher Rynd. “How wonderful to have the opportunity, at the same time, to celebrate the arrival of he new royal baby girl, the fourth in line to the throne.
“On behalf of everyone at Cunard we would like to wish their royal highnesses all the happiness that a new arrival brings.”
On Sunday the ships sailed side-by-side for the first time ever in daylight, having all completed their world cruises.
Each cruise during the 175th year will commemorate the anniversary, with a major celebration planned in Liverpool, Cunard’s spiritual home, on May 25.
Did you know?
The company was based in Liverpool from 1840 until 1967, completing its famous Cunard Building in 1917.
Between 1860 and 1900 11 million migrants crossed the Atlantic on Cunard ships. A third of them sailed from Liverpool