From The National
“I name this ship Queen Elizabeth the Second. May God bless her and all who sail in her,” said the British monarch in 1976, unveiling the last great transatlantic vessel, before a crowd of 30,000 flag-waving spectators in Scotland. It is, perhaps, fitting that this Ramadan, more than 40 years later in Dubai, some of the first wave of hotel guests will be occupying its cabins. In 2008, when thousands of British spectators bade a final farewell to the true monarch of the seas, a million poppies cascaded from a plane overhead. For those who love the QE2, Wednesday’s opening is equally significant.