Photo Tour: Cunard 3 Queens meet in Liverpool – 25th May 2015

By Gareth Roberts

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Liverpool is a city that will forever be part of Cunard’s history, having been Cunard’s home from the beginning in 1840, until 1967. When Queen Mary 2 arrived on 24 May 2015, she hosted a Champagne reception and lunch. On 25 May all three Queens reunited in Liverpool for the first time in history. Sailing in formation and meeting on the famous waterfront of their spiritual home, the fleet performed a water ballet together, creating a spectacular one-off event. Thousands of people viewed the display from the banks of the Mersey which was later concluded with a brilliant firework display.

On this day I was fortunate enough to be on the Mersey Dazzle ferry which led the 3 Queens down the River back towards the city. What a spectacular occasion it was and my vantage point provided a brilliant opportunity to photograph the 3 Queens close up. I have also included some other superb images taken from other locations on the day.

CUNARDS THREE QUEENS MEET IN THE MERSEY TO CELEBRATE 175TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUNARD

Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth meet in the Mersey, Liverpool for a gathering in front of the Three Graces and thousands of people on the riverside.

CUNARDS THREE QUEENS MEET IN THE MERSEY TO CELEBRATE 175TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUNARD
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth meet in the Mersey, Liverpool for a gathering in front of the Three Graces and thousands of people on the riverside.

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fullsizeoutput_2cdaIMG_3026I was onboard the brightly coloured Razzle ferry on the day.

IMG_2981The Red Arrows from the Razzle Ferry

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The Three Queens sail into Liverpool to mark the 175th anniversary of Cunard. View from the top of the Anglican Cathedral as the Red Arrows flew over to help celebrate the event.
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The Red Arrows in formation as CunardÕs 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.
CUNARDS THREE QUEENS MEET IN THE MERSEY TO CELEBRATE 175TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUNARD
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth meet in the Mersey, Liverpool for a gathering in front of the Three Graces and thousands of people on the riverside.

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The Three Queens sail into Liverpool to mark the 175th anniversary of Cunard. View from the top of the Anglican Cathedral as the Red Arrows flew over to help celebrate the event.
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Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary in the river Mersey to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Cunard

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Cunard 175th celebrations in Liverpool brought the three Queens to the city. L-R Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria off Crosby Beach ready to enter the River Mersey
CUNARDS THREE QUEENS MEET IN THE MERSEY TO CELEBRATE 175TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUNARD
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth meet in the Mersey, Liverpool for a gathering in front of the Three Graces and thousands of people on the riverside.
CUNARDS THREE QUEENS MEET IN THE MERSEY TO CELEBRATE 175TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUNARD
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth meet in the Mersey, Liverpool for a gathering in front of the Three Graces and thousands of people on the riverside.

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