A Royal Celebration


Ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday tomorrow (April 21) Cunard has released from its archives a series of never-before-seen photos of Her Majesty, to mark the occasion. The photos, which record each of the Cunard events that she attended, include The Queen attending her first Cunard event in 1938 when she was 12 years old. At the time she accompanied her mother Queen Elizabeth to the launch of Queen Elizabeth, the biggest liner in the world. Since then The Queen has launched and named four Cunard ships. Her Majesty is the only person present at the launch of all three Cunard Elizabeths – the first in 1938, QE2 in 1967 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010. Pictured, Princess Elizabeth, aged 21, had been asked to perform the launch of Caronia – a ship that would become the most luxurious cruise ship in the world and noted for its unusual green livery. This would be the last public function that the Princess would undertake in the weeks before her marriage to the Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who would accompany his bride-to-be to Clydeside on the occasion.