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In pictures: Queen Mary 2 launch
Queen Mary 2 in dock
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The Queen Mary 2, the largest cruise liner ever built, has its home port in Southampton.
Queen Elizabeth on the bridge of the Queen Mary 2
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Before the launch, the Queen was shown round the bridge of the giant ship by Commodore Ronald Warwick.
The Duke of Edinburgh inspecting the ship
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Meanwhile, Captain Paul Wright (l) led the Duke of Edinburgh on a tour of the lavish interior of the ship.
Duke of Edinburgh shown the controls of the Cunard liner
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The Duke also received a guide to the controls of the 2,620-passenger Cunard liner.
The Queen launches the ship
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The Queen officially launched the ship, which will take over the Southampton to New York service in April.
Fireworks above the Queen Mary 2
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Following the official launch, a spectacular firework display lit the sky above the liner.

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