In New York, QE2 and Queen Victoria were joined by Queen Mary 2 for what was billed as a unique event – the only time the three Cunard Queens would ever be together in the same port.
As the ships sailed down the Hudson together, the harbour was temporarily closed to other shipping, and thousands of people watched from Battery Park and other viewpoints in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey.
The spectacular firework display went ahead under a rainstorm as the three ships went their separate ways.
Here’s the Queen Mary 2 doing a graceful pirouette at Battery Park
The “one-off” event did not remain unique for long. Cunard found a way to schedule a surprise reunion for the three vessels in Southampton in April.