The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Meet Middle Temple ScholarsThe Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is to be godmother to Princess Cruises’ new ship Royal Princess.

The ceremony at which The Duchess will name the ship will take place in Southampton on 13 June, and will be the highlight of week-long inaugural celebrations to welcome the vessel into service.

The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, together with contemporary highlights.

“It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess,” said Alan Buckelew, the line’s president and CEO. “We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company’s British heritage and our commitment to the country.”

Royal Princess will arrive at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on Friday 7th June where she will commence a series of events for customers and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday 12th June. The ship’s inaugural celebrations will conclude with her maiden voyage on 16th June.

The inaugural period of Royal Princess also includes two short preview cruises prior to and following the naming. After her maiden voyage the ship will sail Grand Mediterranean cruises throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the autumn.