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Online Rob Lightbody

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We've been contacted today by a journalist with the following request.  Can you help?  It would be good to help him, at the same time as documenting here this important moment in history, which I don't believe has been discussed here previously.

I'm a journalist doing some research on a project marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and it’s possible you’ll be able to help me. I’m aware that the QE2 was en route to New York when the news broke, and that crew and passengers held a one or two-minute silence. Is this something you know about, I wonder, or might be be able to refer me to anyone else? Ideally I’d like to track down anyone on board who may have interesting recollections from the time.
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Offline Michael Gallagher

In order to accommodate the demand from passengers for live coverage of Princess Diana’s funeral, QE2’s speed was reduced to 22 Knots on Saturday 6 September 1997 as the ship headed for Southampton from New York. After the funeral the speed was increased to 27 knots for the remainder of the voyage.

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Michael - does that indicate that higher speeds significantly affected the quality of broadcast reception?
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Michael - does that indicate that higher speeds significantly affected the quality of broadcast reception?

Maybe the bandwidth?
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