The Duchess of Cambridge is to be godmother to Princess Cruises’ brand new 3,600 passenger ship, the Royal Princess.
Kate Middleton will be the star guest at the ship’s naming ceremony at the cruiseliner’s christening in Southampton on June 13.
Alan Buckelew, Princess Cruises’ president and chief executive, said that they were “delighted” to have the Duchess onboard with their latest launch.
He added: “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.
“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.”
More than 10,000 past passengers and 2,000 agents will be invited to view the ship during the celebrations.
The ship is due to set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to Barcelona on June 16. Her first 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruise between Barcelona and Venice will depart on June 23.
Two short preview cruises to Guernsey on June 9 and June 14 will also take place to mark the naming celebrations.
The Royal Princess is the first in a new generation of ships for the cruise line and will feature a glass-bottom walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel, private poolside cabanas and balconies on all outside cabins.