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Queen Elizabeth launch

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12 October 2010

Cunard president, Peter Shanks, said: "The naming of a Cunard Queen is a very special occasion and this will be an historic event in the true sense of the word.

"The Queen launched Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and named our current flagship, Queen Mary 2, in 2004.

"We are both honoured and proud that Her Majesty will name our new liner Queen Elizabeth."

The new ocean liner will depart on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands on Tuesday afternoon, a day after the ceremony.

The Italian-built, 92,400-ton, 294 m vessel is the second largest ever to be operated by Cunard, although it is more than a third smaller than Cunard’s largest liner, the Queen Mary 2.

Queen Elizabeth will feature many unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters and their predecessors, together with all the modern-day luxuries Cunard guests have come to expect.

The Art Deco flourishes of the ship recall the era of 1930s liners, with elegant double- and triple-height grand public rooms with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, hand-woven carpets, gleaming chandeliers and cool marbles, while a recently completed portrait of the Queen by artist Isobel Peachey will hang in the Grand Lobby.

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