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November 25, 2008

QE2’s Final Farewell Festivities

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

QE2’s Final Farewell to Southampton was marked by festivities, fireworks and moving tributes. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made his seventh and final visit to the most famous ship in the world. While onboard, His Royal Highness observed two minutes of silence at 11:00am prior to meeting crew members who served on the ship to the Falklands. His Royal Highness then toured the vessel, including the Wardroom, Bridge, Engine Control Room and Hospital, before attending a reception in the Queens Room.

One million poppies were dropped over the ship from Tiger Moth aircrafts to commemorate Remembrance Day, mark QE2’s role in the Falklands and note the ship’s final farewell. This was followed by a flypast of a Harrier jet which hovered and bowed to QE2 approximately 500-feet off her stern.

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