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THOUSANDS CELEBRATE SPECTACULAR OVERNIGHT CALL OF CUNARD'S QUEEN VICTORIA IN LIVERPOOL 

A spectacular and rare two-day call by Cunard'sQueen Victoria at its 'spiritual home' of Liverpool had a rousing send-off with an estimated crowd of twenty thousand people lining the Mersey to see the ship sail.   

Queen Victoria made the first overnight call at Liverpool by a Cunard ship in nearly 50 years over 30-31 May to celebrate the 100th year to the day of the maiden voyage of Aquitania, acclaimed as the most striking four-funnelled liner ever constructed and known as the 'ship beautiful', which sailed from the very same Liverpool berth on 30 May 1914. 

Queen Victoria's two day stay began in dramatic fashion with fly-board champion Jay St John zooming 50 feet up in the air, propelled by two water jets attached to his feet, to exchange salutes with the Cunard Commodore at the ship's bow.  The fly-boarder also entertained disembarking passengers and the crowds of people along the dockside who had come to see the ship arrive. 

A full day of visits and special events on board the ship to mark the Aquitania anniversary culminated with a dazzling fireworks display against the backdrop of the city's Three Graces, the Royal Liver Building, the Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building, where the company had its headquarters for over 50 years until 1967 and which was especially illuminated for the evening, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Celebrations continued on 31 May, the second and very sunny day of the call, and huge crowds began gathering along the waterfront as Queen Victoriaprepared to take her leave.  A stunning quayside performance by local opera singer Danielle Thomas brought the visit to an emotional climax as the ship sailed at 4pm to waves and cheers from the twenty-thousand-strong crowd. 

Cunard will mark its 175th anniversary in 2015 and all three Cunard Queens will sail together on the Mersey for the first ever time on 25 May 2015 as part of the company's year of celebration. 

Commodore of the Cunard fleet and Master of Queen Victoria Christopher Rynd said: 

        "Having now had the privilege of bringing of all three ships of the current Cunard fleet into Liverpool I can say that the overnight visit and the send off given by the people of that great city toQueen Victoria was truly first class and will live long in the memory.   I am looking forward to 2015 and our 175th anniversary celebrations when all three Cunard ships will gather on the Mersey. The fleet is coming!" 

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Wow. That's quite spectacular.


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Thank you, Rob, for posting this.  Awesome !!
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From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Hi Rob,
              I am so happy that you enjoyed your time in Liverpool ! My wife and myself also joined the party and loved every minute of it.
      Queen Victoria is her favourite ship and I too have a soft spot for QV. I felt our city gave her a fantastic welcome and sail away and
       we will remember it for ever. I have posted a small film on YouTube here :       I hope it brings back a memory or two!
                                                             Best wishes, Alan  :)

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Thank you, Alan, for posting this magnificent video !  June   :)
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Hi June, I'm glad you took the time to view it.
                                                         Thanks, Alan  :)
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Hi Alan -

I also meant to mention that I enjoyed very much your choice of music for the video.  There were some sections which to me were reminiscent of the music on the early British Pathe Videos of our QE2.

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A lovely video indeed and a good choice of music, and very interesting to see the water jet man in operation !
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
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Hi June & Myles, thanks again for the lovely comments. It certainly makes you think when putting these videos together about matching some appropriate music, I think that it works and I'm happy that you both think so too. Maybe I was inspired by dreaming that we were in the Commodore club having a pre-dinner G&T and listening to the pianist! Oh well....
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Hi Alan -

Thank you very much for your post.  Your inspiration certainly worked !  I am sure that your fine video will be viewed and much enjoyed by many.  It is one that I keep wanting to go back to and watch again.  Awesome job !

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Great video! Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for the Video Alan , that has to be the best filming I've seen of our great river and city and it shows off the QV  perfectly .
   Well done Sir  :) .