One million Remembrance Day poppies have been dropped over the QE2 in
Southampton, ahead of its final voyage.
A DeHavilland Beaver aircraft accompanied by an Auster flew over the
QE2 at 1100 GMT to mark the beginning of a two-minute silence.
Earlier, five tugs were sent to assist the 70,000-tonne liner when it
ran aground on a sandbank at about 0530 GMT at the entrance to
About 2,700 passengers and crew were on board. It later docked at 0730 GMT.
The poppies were dropped to mark the 90th anniversary of the
Armistice, the end of World War I.
Following the two-minute silence, the Duke of Edinburgh was due to
meet crew members who travelled on the QE2 when it was used as a troop
ship in the Falklands War.
Divers are at the dockside in Southampton to inspect whether the
vessel was damaged when it hit the sandbank. It is due to leave on its
final voyage on Tuesday evening.