Anorak | Duchess of Cambridge launches Royal Princess liner (27 photos)

Duchess of Cambridge launches Royal Princess liner (27 photos)

by | 13th, June 2013

President and CEO of Princess Cruises Alan Buckelew with the Duchess of Cambridge as she looks at an image taken of herself by Getty photographer Chris Jackson during a tour of the Princess Cruises ship after its naming ceremony at Ocean Terminal, Southampton.

TODAY Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, smashed 15litre of champagne into boat called the Royal Princess . We know that’s the name of because Kate told us “I name this ship Royal Princess May God bless her and all who sail in her.” The nebuchadnezzar of Moët & Chandon retails at £1,250.

The Mirror said “It smashed into the ship’s side and burst as if it had been shot from a cannon.”

Kate was accompanied by the Southampton Dock by the Band of the Royal Marines and the Irish Guards Pipers. The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Rev Tim Dakin, did a blessing. The former chairman of P&O Cruises, Lord Sterling of Plaistow, told the Times :

“I remember when young Diana named her first cruise ship and she said she was quite nervous. The Duchess was wonderful today. She has this very relaxed easy style with people, not just the high and mighty.”

Company president Alan Buckelew added:

“To welcome Royal Princess into our fleet, we are incredibly honoured that Her Royal Highness will officially name the ship today… The naming of a ship is a tradition thousands of years old. The ritual marks the birth of a vessel, and asks for a blessing of good fortune and safety for the ship, its crew, and passengers. Perhaps the most important element of the naming tradition is the godmother selected to christen a ship. A godmother is the figurative patron of the ship through its entire life, and symbolises the spirit of the vessel. We can think of no more fitting godmother for our magnificent new ship. Her Royal Highness is an inspiring ambassador for Britain, and she is admired around the world for her style and grace, and for her compassion for others.”

The BBC’s John Kay says “She looked relaxed, calm and happy”.

As a Royal expert, Kay is at any time able to speak

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