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Queen Victoria Turns Pretty In Pink In Sydney

February 18, 2010

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Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 241 days

What a busy time it is at Cunard at the moment, with Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria approaching the half way marks of their World Voyages, and less than 35 weeks before they are joined by their new sister Queen Elizabeth.

As I am writing this Queen Victoria is making her final approaches for her third visit to Sydney. This visit will be as spectacular as every visit to this amazing city is, but as dusk falls over Circular Quay at the hub of this iconic city, something rather special will happen. More of that in a minute as it’s time now for what was a very busy week in Cunard’s history for the seven days; 19to 25February:



20 February 2007

QE2 meets Queen Mary 2 on her World Voyage in Sydney. It’s the first time two Cunard Queens have been together in Sydney since the originals of each, in 1941 as troop ships

21 February 1920

The Berengaria begins her first voyage under the Cunard flag from Liverpool making her the largest liner to ever enter the Mersey.

23 February 2006

Maritime history is made as Queen Mary 2 and Queen Mary meet for the first time in Long Beach harbour for a “Royal Rendezvous”.

24 February 1925

Carinthia is launched. She was originally going to be called Servia but the name got changed to Carinthia at the launch.

25 February 1905

Caronia begins her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. The funnel colours are changed from 1/5th black to 1/4 black. She is the only ship to be named after an American – Caro Brown whose grandfather was Cunard’s New York agent at the turn of the century.  At 19,524 tons, she was also the largest Cunard ship to be built to date

25 February 1947

The Parthia is launched at Harland and Wolf Shipyard, Belfast

At 5.45am on Friday morning Queen Victoria will pass through the Sydney Harbour Heads and make another historic visit in what will turn out to be a stunning world first. Cunard has announced that Queen Victoria will be illuminated in pink when she spends the night at Sydney’s Circular Quay on Friday night – and all in the name of charity.

Queen Victoria will dock as she has on her two previous World Voyages, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at around 7.00am on Friday morning, enjoying the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

But as dusk falls she will be bathed in vibrant pink light to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

In an official press release Cunard announced that the NBCF will officially launch their 2010 fundraising target of $17 million at an exclusive event onboard during evening, with patron Sarah Murdoch attending.

Hosts of the ‘Today’ show and NBCF ambassadors Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic will MC the evening, with guests to include fellow ambassadors Gretel Killeen, Melissa Doyle, Layne Beachley, Natarsha Belling, Collette Dinnigan, Michael Moore, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Jane Flemming.

Pink lights will illuminate the entire liner, providing the ideal setting for the event.

NBCF CEO Sue Murray said Queen Victoria was the perfect place to make their fundraising announcement. “We have set ourselves a huge task this year in what we need to achieve to continue funding the best breast cancer research in Australia, and we thank Cunard for helping us launch 2010 in grand style!”

The NBCF is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia, supporting and promoting research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer – one of the most common cancers among women in Australia.

Its launch event comes as Queen Victoria makes a rare overnight call to Sydney, midway through her third world voyage.

Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which represents Cunard Line in Australia, said she was thrilled that Queen Victoria was able to support such a worthy cause during her visit.

“Pink has become synonymous with the fight against breast cancer so I was delighted to offer NBCF the opportunity to boost awareness of research and claim a world first by being the first to illuminate a liner in pink” Ms Sherry said.

She said Queen Victoria’s prime position at Circular Quay, near the Sydney Harbour Bridge and opposite the Sydney Opera House, meant that thousands of Sydney residents and tourists would witness the pink gesture.

“Queen Victoria always attracts attention when she visits Australia but this year she’ll also be turning heads for charity.”

Queen Victoria will be illuminated from dusk until approximately 11pm, on her overnight call to the city before departing for Melbourne the following evening.


I’ll try and get you some pictures of this historic event next week but in the meantime will be back tomorrow with news from this leg of Queen Victoria’s World Voyage and some very special events that have taken place. Cheers, Alastair 




  1. Beryl Moss says:

    It was great to read about Cunard supporting the NBCF which is an extremely worthy cause and the pink illumination of Queen Victoria must have looked amazing.

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