Earlier this month, Her Royal Highness, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge attended a naming ceremony for new ship Royal Princess.
The Duchess, who is the ship’s godmother, christened Royal Princess by breaking a bottle of champagne on her hull; this is how ships are officially named at the traditional ceremonies.
Before smashing a £1,250 Nebuchadnezzar (15 litre bottle) of Moet et Chandon champagne against the hull of the 3,560 passenger ship, The Duchess of Cambridge said:
“I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”
Music is also a traditional aspect of naming ceremonies, and this event had plenty! Both the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and the Pipe Band of the 1st Battalion of Irish Guards performed for the crowd. This was followed by songs from popular songstresses Natasha Bedingfield and Kerry Ellis.
A number of celebrity guests also attended the event, including entertainer Bruce Forsyth, actor Christopher Biggins and former Atomic Kitten band member Liz McClarnon. The celebrity VIPs joined officials and representatives from the cruise line, plus special guests from the charities Catherine is a patron of.
After the naming ceremony, The Duchess toured the ship, even giggling as she sounded the vessel’s horn.
The ceremony was enjoyed by thousands of cruising fans, plus many who enjoy following The Duchess. The ceremony was broadcasted live on Princess Cruises’ website, where those wishing to re-live the moment can watch a re-run. Simply click here to watch the ceremony as it happened.
Kate joins a number of royals who have named and blessed cruiseships, including Princess Diana, who was godmother to Royal Princess’ predecessor. Her Majesty the Queen is also godmother to her namesake ship, Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth II.
About Royal Princess:
Royal Princess will accommodate almost 3,500 passengers onboard, it spans 19 decks and contains 27 bars and restaurants.
The ship has a number of exciting new features, including:
- SeaWalk – A glass-bottomed walkway for the bold and daring! A thrilling walkway over the open sea, what will you spot beneath you?
- Largest Gelateria at Sea – Homemade cookies, brownie sundaes and lashing of ice creams, whipped up by the ship’s onboard pastry chef – delicious!
- First Pastry Shop at Sea – The pastry chef also whips up some delicious goodies for those who fancy something sweet: cakes, parties, cakes and more. This is the FIRST pastry shop at sea!
- Largest Outdoor Cinema at Sea – Enjoy a brilliant film al fresco, as you feast on popcorn, hot chocolate, cookies and milk.