SOUTHAMPTON: Her Majesty The Queen has named P&O’s new ship Britannia, the biggest ship ever built for the British market.

The naming ceremony was hosted by Rob Brydon and included a performance by Laura Wright, before HM The Queen made a short speech. “I name this ship Britannia. May God bless her and all who sail in her,” she said.

Wearing a peach-coloured coat and dress and matching hat and looking fit and well, HM The Queen then smashed a bottle of Brut NV from the Wiston Estate Winery in the South Downs against the side of the ship instead of the more traditional Champagne, emphasising the new ship’s British roots.

Last night there was a gala dinner on board to celebrate the new ship. Guests including Rob Brydon and Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly were treated to a performance by Michael Ball and Jaki Graham. The menu featured Bourbon Whisky and Vanilla Cured Salmon by chef James Martin and Romney Salt Marsh Lamb Loin Dijonnaise by chef Marco Pierre White.

Britannia’s onboard highlights include the first British cookery school at sea, as well as stunning contemporary design.

 

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