One of the most exciting cruise ship launches takes place next month when the much-anticipated new Queen Elizabeth Cunard liner will be christened by the Queen herself.
Cunard recently confirmed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth will perform the naming ceremony at a glittering event on October 11th in Southampton, prior to the ship’s maiden voyage. The ship is the third to carry the legendary name and numerous VIP guests will attend the champagne-smashing ceremony to send her off in style.
The new ship is named after Cunard’s original Queen Elizabeth, launched in Scotland in 1938 when the Queen, then twelve years old, attended the ceremony with her mother.
The Duchess of Cornwall launched the last Cunard ship,Queen Victoria, in 2008, and the last time the Queen christened a Cunard ship was when she launched the Queen Mary 2, in 2004 (prior to that she named Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967).
Announcing the news, Peter Shanks, Cunard president and managing director, said: “The naming of a Cunard Queen is a very special occasion and this will be an historic event in the true sense of the word.”
The Queen first named a Cunard ship as Princess Elizabeth in 1947, when she was godmother to Caronia, which later became known as the Green Goddess.