QE2’s launch was a national event. Children got the day off school, and there was live TV coverage nationwide (in a time when there was no daytime television). It was front-page news on all the newspapers, and everyone in the West of Scotland knew about it, and was talking about it.
As QE2 entered the Clyde, all the ships blew their whistles in a traditional salute. They knew this was a great ship, but little did they know of just how great she’d become – with an unprecedented 40 year career and travelling further than any ship ever had.