Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has named Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess at a glittering ceremony in Southampton.
Standing on the naming ceremony 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, one of the world’s largest international cruise lines.
“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 honored she accepted our invitation to become godmother to our new ship.”
The Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed and happy and wore a dalmatian-print coat and dress from Hobbs VIP, teamed with a black hat, for the ceremony.
Among the familiar faces attending the event were showbusiness legends Bruce Forsyth, Des O’Connor and Christopher Biggins, singer Lemar, and actress Samantha Womack.
The ceremony also featured a moving performance by The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards and The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth, and also included performances by Natasha Bedingfield and West End star Kerry Ellis and Mass Ensemble.
Watch a video of the event below:
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