England’s Queen Elizabeth II on Monday made her farewell visit to Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 in Southampton. The ship is leaving Cunard’s fleet in November.
The queen began by touring the vessel and meeting many crew members, some of whom have served onboard since the QE2 entered service in 1969 and others who went with the ship when it was requisitioned as a troop carrier in the Falklands conflict. Later she attended a reception and lunch onboard with 300 guests, including former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The queen has visited the QE2 twice: on May 1, 1969, immediately prior the maiden voyage, and on July 27, 1990, to mark Cunard Line's 150th anniversary.