The QE 2 and the QM 2
The QE2 passing the QM2 at Southampton. The end of an era in cruising was being marked today in a ceremony involving the QE2 and Cunard's new superliner the 150, 000-tonne Queen Mary 2 (QM2). At the ceremony, attended by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Cunard's flagship status was being passed from the 35-year-old QE2 to the 540 million QM2 which was officially named by the Queen in January this year.
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Babbacombe Model Village
Gardener Robert Gagie walks down the street at the Babbacombe Model Village near Torquay in Devon. The village began as a representation of the quintessential English countryside at its most beautiful 40 years ago. Since then the project has grown and now features an extensive range of buildings, working watermills, Georgian towns, tudor houses and classic Devon thatched villages and farms along with working railways, streams, waterfalls and an ornamental Lake stocked with specimen Koi carp.
Queen Mary 2 Cruise Liner
Flood lights and fireworks light up the new Cunard Liner, Queen Mary 2, in Southampton, after the vessel, the biggest ever built at almost three times the size of the Titanic, was named by Queen Elizabeth II. It was the first time the Queen had named a Cunard ship since the launch in 1967 of the QE2, whose Southampton to New York service will be taken over by the 2,620-passenger QM2 in April.