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Cunard’s Three Queens Perform River Dance on the Mersey in Salute to Liverpool Where the Company Began 175 Years Ago

The Three Queens on the River Mersey as part of Cunard's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Liverpool. Thousands of spectators on the beach at New Brighton,Wirral,watching the Three Queens head up the Mersey.The Three Queens on the River Mersey as part of Cunard's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Liverpool. Residents at Egremont have a birds eye view of the Three Queens.The Three Queens on the River Mersey as part of Cunard's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Liverpool.The Queen Mary 2 leaves Liverpool after the Three Queens celebrations.The Three Queens on the River Mersey as part of Cunard's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Liverpool. A cannon is fired from Fort Perch Rock,as the Three Queens pass New Brighton.The Three Queens on the River Mersey as part of Cunard's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Liverpool. Wirral residents give a warm welcome to the Three Queens.Service of Celebration as part of the Three Queens, Cunard 175th Anniversary at the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Liverpool. Pictured: A memorial plaque dedicated to those who lost their lives on the Atlantic Conveyor, during the Falklands Conflict on 25th May 1982. Photo by Ian CooperService of Celebration as part of the Three Queens, Cunard 175th Anniversary at the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Liverpool. Pictured: Roses at the remembrance stone for the Atlantic Conveyor in the gardens of the church. Photo by Ian CooperCunard's fleet gather together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. Left to right: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria. The historic lines' three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up just 130 metres apart.
The vessels lined up three abreast at Liverpool's Pier Head beside its iconic Three Graces: The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and The Port of Liverpool Building. 
Picture date Monday 25th May, 2015.
Picture by Christopher Ison.Cunard's fleet gather together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. Left to right: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The historic lines' three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up just 130 metres apart. The vessels lined up three abreast at Liverpool's Pier Head beside its iconic Three Graces: The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and The Port of Liverpool Building. 
Picture date Monday 25th May, 2015.
Picture by Christopher Ison.Cunard's fleet gather together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. Left to right: Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. The historic lines' three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up just 130 metres apart. The vessels lined up three abreast at Liverpool's Pier Head beside its iconic Three Graces: The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and The Port of Liverpool Building. 
Picture date Monday 25th May, 2015.Cunard Lines' Queen Elizabeth passes the Royal Liver Building and the Cunard Building (right) as their fleet gather together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. The historic lines' three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up just 130 metres apart in the river.
Picture date Monday 25th May, 2015.
Picture by Christopher Ison. Cunard Lines' Queen Elizabeth passes the Royal Liver Building and the Cunard Building (right) as their fleet gather together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. The historic lines' three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up just 130 metres apart in the river.
Picture date Monday 25th May, 2015.
Picture by Christopher Ison. Cunard Lines' Queen Elizabeth passes the Royal Liver Building as their fleet gather together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. The historic lines' three ships, the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up just 130 metres apart in the river.
Picture date Monday 25th May, 2015.
Picture by Christopher Ison. Huge crowds gather along Liverpool's Pier Head to catch a glimpse of Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria cruise liners - sailing up the River Mersey towards the city's famous Three Graces - including the liner's spiritual home, The Cunard Building.
Photo by James MaloneyHuge crowds gather along Liverpool's Pier Head to catch a glimpse of Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria cruise liners - sailing up the River Mersey towards the city's famous Three Graces - including the liner's spiritual home, The Cunard Building.
Photo by James MaloneyPassengers onboard the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 wave to each other as huge crowds gather along Liverpool's Pier Head to catch a glimpse of Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria cruise liners - on a historic visit to Liverpool to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary.
Photo by James MaloneyBest view in the city - an office worker grabs possibly the best picture in the city from the Liver Buildings as huge crowds gather along Liverpool's Pier Head to catch a glimpse of Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria cruise liners - on a historic visit to Liverpool to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary.
Photo by James MaloneyPassengers onboard the Queen Mary 2 wave to the huge crowds gathered along Liverpool's Pier Head to catch a glimpse of Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria cruise liners - on a historic visit to Liverpool to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary.
Photo by James MaloneyHuge crowds gather along Liverpool's Pier Head to catch a glimpse of Cunard's Three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria cruise liners - sailing up the River Mersey towards the city's famous Three Graces - including the liner's spiritual home, The Cunard Building.
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Photo by Colin LaneCunard 175th celebrations on the River Mersey, Liverpool pictured The Three Queens cruise liners Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth on the river. Photo by Colin LaneCrowds flock to the waterfront to watch the Queen Mary 2 sail away to meet her two sisters at the mouth of the Mersey before heading back to perform a river dance together during  Cunard's 175 years celebrations.  VTCrowds flock to the Liverpool waterfront to watch the three queens, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria perform a river dance together during  Cunard's 175 years celebrations. Queen Mary 2 disappears down the Mersey to her next destination. VTCrowds flock to the Liverpool waterfront to watch the three queens, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria perform a river dance together during  Cunard's 175 years celebrations. VTCrowds flock to the Liverpool waterfront to watch the three queens, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria perform a river dance together during  Cunard's 175 years celebrations. VTCrowds flock to the Liverpool waterfront to watch the three queens, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria perform a river dance together during  Cunard's 175 years celebrations as the Red Arrows fly overhead.  VTThe three queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria emerge on the Mersey horizon ready to perform a river dance together during  Cunard's 175 years celebrations. VT

For the first time, Cunard’s fleet gathered together in spectacular fashion in Liverpool, its spiritual home, as the company marked its 175th anniversary. The event culminated with the three ships – flagship Queen Mary 2Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – the largest passenger ships ever to muster together on the River Mersey, lined up across the river just 426 feet apart as the Red Arrows performed a fly-past overhead to the delight of the hundreds of thousands of spectators.

To view a time lapse video of the Three Queens on the Mersey, click here: http://we.tl/ExXzcmEGWR.

Queen Mary 2 sailed from the Liverpool berth up to the mouth of the Mersey this morning at 10:45 a.m. to meet her sisters, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. The three ships then sailed in close single file down the river to Liverpool’s Pier Head with its iconic Three Graces: The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and The Port of Liverpool Building.

Queen Mary 2 slowed in the river opposite the Cunard Building – Cunard’s headquarters for nearly 50 years until 1967 – with her sister ships stopping ahead of her to create a three ship line-up watched by spectators on both sides of the river.

Just 1,312 feet apart, the three ships then performed a graceful 180 degree synchronised turn to starboard. At the mid-point of the turn, all three ships lay across the river, creating the spectacle of the fleet’s three bows dramatically set against the backdrop of Liverpool’s famous Three Graces. Queen Mary 2 then sounded ‘175’ on her ship’s whistle (foghorn) – first one, then seven short blasts, then five more.

With the full turn completed and the 150,000 ton Queen Mary 2 now in the leading position, her two 90,000 ton sister ships then glided slowly towards either side of her to create an arrowhead formation, with the flagship just ahead of her two consort ships.

Finally, the entire fleet lined up three abreast across the river just 426 feet apart, as a salute to the Cunard Building and the City of Liverpool.

With the Three Queens in this tight formation, the Red Arrows flew in formation low over the Three Queens as they lined up on the river, a coup de grace which created a once-in-a-lifetime moment that thrilled hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Commodore of the Cunard fleet Christopher Rynd said, “It’s been a privilege to bring the Cunard fleet together on the Mersey for the first time ever to mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary year and our historic and ongoing partnership with Liverpool, our spiritual home.”

“All of us at Cunard are moved by the incredible reception the Three Queens have received from the people of Liverpool and beyond today,” remarked Richard Meadows, Cunard, President, North America. “This moment has brought the relationship between Cunard and the Mersey alive, and that together, Liverpool and Cunard have paid tribute to the people who have created our 175 years of shared history.”

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