Queen Mary 2 Launch, Southampton
Queen Mary 2 Launch, Southampton
Queen Mary 2 Launch, Southampton
Queen Mary 2 Launch, Southampton
Queen Mary 2 Launch, Southampton
Queen Mary 2 Launch, Southampton

The launch of the QM2 at Southampton Docks consisted of an elegant opening ceremony of speeches, orchestral performances and musical numbers. Then the Queen stepped forward, “I name this ship…” and a kabuki dropped away to reveal the bow of the Queen Mary the Second pressed up against the back of the stage. The champagne bottle was broken and the ship lit up in a glorious lightshow over Southampton Water