May 11, 2007

Queen Noor heads all-star cast on QM2

This was reported on about a royal on board the QM2

"Two monarchs under one roof could constitute a tight ship for some royals.

Sea sovereign Queen Mary 2, however, played impeccable host to a fellow crowned head when it hosted Her Majesty Queen Noor during a bon voyage luncheon at her Brooklyn homeport – topped off with a performance by Grammy Hall of Famer Judy Collins in the largest ballroom on water. Queen Noor, an international humanitarian activist and widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan, was honored alongside Napa Valley vintner Mike Grgich by Roots for Peace for their “tireless advocacy” of landmine removal around the world. The pair was bestowed Global Citizen awards and a toast of Grgich Hills wines was made to honor the organization’s efforts “to turn Mines to Vines.”

The awards luncheon, held aboard Cunard’s flagship liner – docked at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal’s Pier 12, off Van Brunt and Browne streets – jumpstarted the luxury vessel’s trans-Atlantic crossing to raise money for de-mining projects in the West African nation of Angola. Accompanying dignitaries, embarking upon the six-day cruise, will include Ambassador Said Jawad, Afghan ambassador to the United States; Dr. Ken Rutherford, co-founder of Landmine Survivors Network; and Sean Sutton of Mines Action Group."

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