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May 2, 2015


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Cunard’s fleet of Three Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – will welcome the new Royal Baby with a simultaneous sounding the ships’ whistles (foghorns) at noon today.

Following the time-honoured Magpie rhyme beginning ‘One for sorrow, Two for joy’, the fleet will sound their whistles three times in unison, ‘Three for a girl (Four for a boy)’.

The three ships arrive into Southampton on Sunday 3 May, inaugurating the start of Cunard’s 175th anniversary year.

Commodore of the Fleet and Master of Queen Victoria, Christopher Rynd said:

“Cunard’s Three Queens are gathering in Southampton on Sunday to inaugurate the company’s 175 anniversary year in the UK. How wonderful to have the opportunity, at the same time, to celebrate the arrival of the new Royal baby girl, the fourth in line to the throne. On behalf of everyone at Cunard we would like to wish their Royal Highnesses all the happiness that a new arrival brings.”

That same afternoon, the Three Queens will, for the first time ever, sail together in daylight from Southampton led by Queen Mary 2.  The three ships will be setting off on their Summer season of transatlantic crossings, Mediterranean fly-cruises, Scandinavian and southern European sailings, with Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth heading for New York, St Peter Port (Guernsey) and Hamburg respectively.

  1. C.J.Blanda says:

    The first Pin for this Royal event!

  2. C.J.Blanda says:

    Anxiously waiting for the New Princess Name; My choice would be Victoria Anna Elizabeth

  3. Diane & David says:

    Wonderful news and many Congratulations to the Royal Couple William and Kate on the arrival of their Baby Daughter, Sister for George. We are on board Queen Victoria right now and it was very special hearing the whistle at Noon.
    We won’t forget the day we heard the news of the arrival of the Royal Princess and as Commodore Christopher Rynd said what a fitting year for her arrival as Cunard start their 175th Anniversary Celebrations. Well done Cunard, thank you for the special moments and Congratulations William and Kate. We wish them all the very best. Looking forward to being back on Queen Victoria on May 22nd when we sail from Southampton for the Celebrations at Liverpool with Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. Should be really special. Diane & David

  4. Beryl Moss says:

    I would also add my congratulations to the royal couple on the birth of their baby daughter.

  5. bobi sanderson says:

    Our sincere congratulations to the ROYAL FAMILY AND WONDERFUL CUNARD!!!!!!!!!!

    Dedicated Cruisers,
    Bobi Sanderson & Dr. Jim Griffith

  6. Jorge Rojas-Chacon says:

    CONGRATULATIOS CUNARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Robert - Hunter Valley says:

    It is timely, for Cunard to highlight the future of the Fleet. In February, 2016, Queen Elizabeth, shall make its MAIDEN CALL, to the port of Newcastle, in the State of New South Wales, Australia. Newcastle, of the home of Grange Penfolds, of the finest in Horse Husbandry and Stock Breeding and beaches, that seem endless in beauty and pristine appearance, is a port, call, for the seasoned mariner and the novice. A visit to the wines of the Hunter Valley, or the Shortland Wetlands, or the City, are just a few enticements for the 22nd February, 2016. As a Novocastrian would note – just popping off to now the lawns, pick up the mail and board the Q.E.

  8. les Moore says:

    Can’t wait for our Cruise on Elizabeth in December
    Love Cunard

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