On this day in history : 20th September 1967 – The 58,000 ton Cunard cruise liner, The QE2, is launched at Clydebank, Scotland by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II….img_3874-1

Thousands on onlookers watched as the Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip and Princess Margaret, pronounced “I name this ship Queen Elizabeth the Second. May God bless her and all who sail in her”…. She then pressed a button and a bottle of Champagne was released to shatter against the side of the ship…. The cruise liner slowly began its backward descent down its launching ramp towards the water, gradually gaining speed as it went – reaching 22mph as it entered the water, sending a two-foot high wave across the Clyde….

Picture of the famous cruise liner QE2 Queen Elizabeth 2 on its last visit to Tyneside
Picture of the famous cruise liner QE2 Queen Elizabeth 2 on its last visit to Tyneside

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