Ahoy from the QE2 Story Team

QE2 sails into Dubai November 2008

We hope you have enjoyed seeing the previously unseen helicopter footage of QE2 sailing into Dubai

The Alistair Greener article "QE2 has gone - God bless her" gives a wonderful description of the event.

When QE2 arrived in Dubai on 26 November 2008, she had a spectacular reception. The Royal Yacht MV Dubai sailed out to welcome the QE2. The British Navy ship HMS Lancaster sailed alongside QE2 with every member of the crew in formal uniform standing to attention alongside the ship. This was the very first time that a British Navy ship had paid a full salute to a merchant ship.   A flotilla of small ships joined the sail into Dubai to accompany QE2 and to everyone’s delight there was a fly past by the new Emirates A 380.
A fitting reception for an international icon - the QE2!
Photo: Michael Gallagher collection

Building a Queen!

Construction of Q4 at John Brown's Shipyard, Clydebank.  If you have photos of the building of Queen Elizabeth 2 please post them in the QE2 build topic. to help celebrate her 50th anniversary.  

Have you seen this wonderful British Pathe film of early construction of Q4


Ticket Sales:

The conference tickets are continuing to sell well with 75% sold within a month of the ticket sales opening.  We know that there are people who are waiting to book time off work or arrange accommodation before committing to purchasing tickets. However, if you are thinking of coming to the conference we would advise you to purchase your ticket soon, so as not to be disappointed.  

What you need to know:

  • Tickets are on sale on the Ticket page of QE2 Event website
  • Tickets are purchased through an online system that will ensure a trouble free process for the purchaser and the organisers
  • Payment will be made through Paypal, but you do not need to register for Paypal you can purchase as a guest
  • E-tickets will be issued that you can print out, or file on your "smart" phone so as to gain access to the conference, on 22 September
  • Accommodation - Information on preferential hotel rates can be found on the Event website Accommodation page.  There is also a Forum topic discussing  Hotels near the event
We are looking forward to meeting you in September.

Any questions?
Contact Gavin, John or Lynda The QE2 Story Events Team at
Keep watching the event website and the forum for more news.
Photo:  John Little

Visit the QE2 Story shop  to purchase your QE2 50 year badge.  

We hope you will buy this special  badge to show your support for the QE2 Story forum and to celebrate QE2's 50th anniversary year.  This will be a lovely keepsake and a talking point, whenever you wear it.  

When you visit the QE2 Story shop you should click on the up down arrows to select the number of badges and choose postage to the UK, EU or rest of the World.    

Photo:   Pete Cain

Our QE2 Story mascot, Jim looking good modelling his new QE2 50 year badge

We would love to see photos of you wearing the new badge, posted in the QE2 50 year badge topic.  

Poll for the January Photo Competition 

Voting for the January Photo Competition "QE2 Queens Room" closes on 1 March 2017

We would like to thank everyone who supports the competition.  However we know that there are many members who do not vote, so even if you have not voted before please have a look at these amazing QE2 photos and participate by voting.  

If you have any suggestions on how we can encourage more people to participate please post on the discussion topic.
Joint winners for the December photo competition were Skilly's photo "Peaceful Port Boat Deck at Midnight" and Hamburger's picture "Westbound" The runner up was Isabelle Prondzynski's photo "Chart Room Promenade at Night"

Congratulations to all our winners!

Keep watching the competition results to see the winning photos and to add your comments and congratulations.

Thank-you all for participating and well done everyone!

February Photo Competition: The QE2 Mast

Photo: Isabelle Prondzynski
This month's theme is "The QE2 Mast", chosen by Hamburger, the winner of the November competition.

Already there have been some stunning photos uploaded to the competition album but looking forward to seeing your picture of this iconic feature of the ship.  
The prize this month is a jigsaw of a prizewinning photo of your choice, donated by June Ingram 
Have a look at the Photo Competition instructions and upload three of your best photos that fit this theme. You can also see information about the prize(s).    
Deadline for this month's competition is 28 February so there is still time to look for your best 3 photos and upload them to the competition album. 

Looking forward to seeing some amazing pictures!

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Thank-you for your continued support for the QE2 Story Forum.  We know how special the ship is to everyone onboard the forum and we appreciate the contributions that are made to keep her memory alive.

Best Wishes

Lynda Bradford
and the QE2 Story Team
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