Here is Cunard's latest liner Queen Anne under construction in Italy. 

Expert ship builders at Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice have spent the last five years putting together every element of the ship with perfect precision. 

The pictures show the famous funnel being lifted onto Queen Anne, which is due to arrive in its homeport next week.

Daily Echo: Queen Anne in Fincantieri shipyard

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Following recent sea trials, the keel laying ceremony took place and a ceremonial bottle was smashed against the vessel as Cunard took ownership of their stunning new 3,000-guest ship during a traditional handover ceremony. 

Crowds gathered to wave an emotional farewell to the ship as she set sail for Southampton where she is now due to arrive on Tuesday (April 30).

Daily Echo: Queen Anne during construction in Venice

Queen Anne, the 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag, will set off on her sold out seven-night maiden voyage to Lisbon on Friday May 3.

Captain Inger Thorhauge is at the helm of the 113,000-ton Queen.

Daily Echo: Captain Inger Thorhauge aboard Queen Anne