Royal Princess Officially Named by The Duchess of Cambridge
Yesterday, in a ceremony in Southampton, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge named the new ship Royal Princess, when she released a bottle of champagne that smashed against its hull.
Standing on the naming platform with the ship's Captain Tony Draper, The Duchess pronounced, "I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her." She then cut the rope that sent a giant Nebuchadnezzar-size bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne toward the ship, officially welcoming Royal Princess into the fleet of Princess Cruises.
"We can think of no more fitting godmother for our magnificent new Royal Princess," said Alan Buckelew, Princess Cruises' President and CEO. "Her Royal Highness is an inspiring ambassador for Britain - with whom Princess Cruises shares strong ties - and she is admired around the world for her style and grace. We're so honoured she accepted our invitation to become godmother to our new ship."
The ceremony included star-studded entertainment that blended maritime tradition with contemporary elements, reflecting the innovative spirit of Princess's newest class of ship. In addition to the exciting bottle break moment, the quayside festivities included a host of musical performances, including British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield singing her hit "Unwritten," as well as an original song by British actress and "the first lady of London's West End," Kerry Ellis.
Internationally renowned percussive orchestra Mass Ensemble performed with its signature "Earth Harp," an architectural instrument with strings that extended 1,000 feet and was played as it hovered over the nearly 2,000 ceremony guests. The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards opened the event with the pomp and ceremony of British ship-naming traditions. The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, conducted the traditional ship's blessing.
The event capped off a week of festivities to launch the ship, including a special gala last night. Among the invited guests to the naming celebrations were representatives from the charities East Anglia's Children's Hospices, SkillForce and WellChild, whose Patrons are The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry respectively.
In what is expected to the last official solo public engagement, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has now joined the group of illustrious godmothers for past ships, including Diana Princess of Wales, who named the first Royal Princess in 1984.
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Source: Cruise Industry News, 13 June 2013