||Linen backed vintage horizontal Cunard Line poster.
RMS Queen Elizabeth was an ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line. With her running mate Queen Mary, she served as a luxury liner between Southampton, UK and New York City, USA via Cherbourg, France. She was also contracted for over twenty years to carry the Royal Mail as the second half of the two ships' weekly express service.
While being constructed, in the mid-1930s by John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, she was known as Hull 552  but when launched, on 27 September 1938, she was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth, who was then Queen Consort and in 1952 became the Queen Mother. With a design that improved upon that of her running mate, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth was a slightly larger ship, the largest passenger liner ever built at that time and for fifty-six years thereafter. She first entered service in February 1940 as a troopship in the Second World War, and it was not until October 1946 that she served in her intended role as an ocean liner.