Queen thrown overboard from QE2

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Mar 28, 2002
Three British crew members have been arrested and bailed after thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused during a staff party aboard the luxury liner.

Two tapestries were damaged (a giant one of the Royal Family was torn in half) and a third showing the Queen is missing, apparently pulled down from it's railings, rolled up and thrown into the sea in mid-Atlantic on Thursday. They have hung from the ceiling over a stairwell since the QE2's launch in 1969.

A lifeboat, a portrait of the Queen and crew toilets were also badly damaged. Expensive carpets and walls across the entertainments deck were daubed in blue paint.

Police want to speak to other crew members or passengers who witnessed the incident or heard a commotion on board, which happened in the early hours of last Thursday morning, as the liner returned to Southampton from a Caribbean cruise.

The three crew members, two aged 22 and the other aged 23 were arrested upon the QE2's docking at Southampton on Saturday.

Aidan Bowe

May 22, 2004
Further to the above, I have just discovered in Carol Thatchers wonderful book on the QE2, that the tapestry wasn't in fact thrown overboard but was discovered hidden above some ducting. It was sent with another, to the British Museum for repairs.
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