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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II unveils a painting of the QE2 passing through Southampton waters by Isle of Wight artist Robert Lloyd during her visit to the Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2 in Southampton, on Monday.
updated 6/2/2008 11:04:55 AM ET 2008-06-02T15:04:55

Queen Elizabeth II has made a farewell visit to the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner before it is retired later this year.

The monarch launched the ship in Scotland in 1969, and she was in Southampton on Monday for a last tour.

The ship is due to make its last voyage in November when it sails to Dubai to become a floating hotel.

The visit coincided with the 55th anniversary of the queen's accession to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI.

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