The QE2 was initially designed as a transatlantic service between her home port of Southampton and New York and was built at at John Brown’s shipyard, Clydebank.
Operated by Cunard, she began an almost 40-year career in 1969 and served as the flagship of the line until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
During her years of service, the QE2 undertook regular world cruises and was known as being the height of glamour.
The QE2 under construction at the John Brown shipyard on the Clyde in 1967. She was launched a few months later by the Queen
Originally featuring three classes of service, the ship appealed to stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and also captured the imagination of the less affluent, who were blocked by stairways and elevators from entering first-class spaces even for a peek.
Passengers dressed for dinner in formal gowns and tuxedos and top-name showbiz stars entertained.
In May 1982 she even took part in the Falklands War, carrying 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crews.
This involved her being refitted with three helicopter pads, dormitories and fuel pipes to allow for refuelling at sea.
Incredibly, more than 650 Cunard crew members volunteered for the voyage to transport the members of the Fifth Infantry Brigade.
The vessel returned to the UK in June 1982 and was greeted in Southampton by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.