Britons flock to Dubai’s QE2 to watch King Charles III’s coronation

British homeowners come together to mark historical occasion far from house

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Patriotic Britons made a royal consultation at Dubai’s Queen Elizabeth II drifting hotel on Saturday to see King Charles III’s crowning.

Many came worn red, white and blue– the UK flag colours– and used crowns and tiaras to mark the celebration at the previous ocean liner.

It is the very first crowning to be kept in 70 years, and the QE2 was a fitting area for events in the UAE, provided its history as a British transatlantic liner and a cruise liner from 1969 to 2008.

Now running as a hotel in Port Rashid, Bur Dubai, organisers opened the QE2’s doors to almost 500 visitors on Saturday.

An ideal location to see

Royal pageantry was on full display on the former ocean liner. Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Royal pageantry was on complete display screen on the previous ocean liner. Khushnum Bhandari/ The National

Sharon Codner, a Briton who resides in Dubai, existed with her twin sibling Sara and their good friend.

” What a best location to be– the QE2,” she stated.

” This is the very first crowning in our life time up until now. The last one was 70 years back.

” There’s most likely going to be a couple of tears later on. It actually premises you. We’ll remember it for the rest of our lives.”

There were events held at 3 locations on the drifting hotel, consisting of at its ballroom called The Queen’s Room, the Golden Lion bar and at the Queen’s Grill dining establishment.

Large screens put in each of the places assisted visitors follow the occasions from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Pomp and event

Hundreds  of guests enjoyed the historic ceremony on board the 'QE2'.Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Hundreds of visitors delighted in the historical event on board the ‘QE2’. Khushnum Bhandari/ The National

Men impersonated British royal guards welcomed visitors into the ballroom, where a luncheon with standard British meals were being served.

Paul Jude, a Briton who has actually been a Dubai citizen for 10 years, was participating in with his other half and child.

” For most of individuals in the UK, this will be the very first crowning that they would’ve had in their life time, that makes it a colossally historic occasion,” he stated.

” This is a perfect location to commemorate it due to the fact that it’s quintessentially British, with a terrific history to it.

” It’s great that there are many expats, UK in specific to name a few, that come together and commemorate these sort of occasions.”

Jay Pathak, a Briton who has actually been residing in Dubai for 16 years, likewise went to the occasion with his other half and 3 children.

He stated that the UAE does a “excellent task” in hosting essential historic occasions.

” It’s beautiful remaining in a location like Dubai, in the Middle East, where we can commemorate something so unique to the UK individuals,” he stated.

” It’s what finest about Dubai– it’s constantly commemorating various events, whether its spiritual celebrations or occasions like the crowning.

Ferghal Purcell, basic supervisor of QE2, stated that they were happy to host occasions to mark historical days in the UK.

” It’s been 70 years because there’s been a crowning. King Charles will be crowned today. It’s really unique.

” We do not understand how frequently we’ll see it once again, so today is terrific and it’s been so favored.

” There’s a strong expat neighborhood here in Dubai and they enjoy the sense of event.

” All the ladies here today are magnificently attired and there’s an entire sense of patriotism on program.”

Updated: May 06, 2023, 10: 33 AM


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