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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II christens Cunard liner bearing her name

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 11 - 2010

Greetings from Southampton where Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has christened Cunard’s newest liner, the magnificent Queen Elizabeth. British monarchs have launched seven merchant ships bearing royal names since the Queen Mary in 1934.

The newest vessel is the third named Queen Elizabeth and interestingly, Queen Elizabeth has witnessed all three christenings with the first being 72 years ago when her mother launched the first Queen Elizabeth. Her first christening was the iconic ‘QE2’ which was retired from the Cunard fleet several years ago.

The ceremony was quintessential British pomp and circumstance complete with color guard, color guard band, symphony orchestra, opera singer, and bag pipers. While music played invited guests watched large screen televisions of the Queen touring the ship. She even rang the ship’s horn to the delight of the audience. The ceremony even included vintage footage of the Queen touring and christening the QE2.

After disembarking the vessel the Queen rode in her official Rolls Royce to the outdoor naming staging area.Wearing a colorful teal blue coat and matching hat and sparkly brooch the Queen blessed the vessel stating “May God bless this vessel and all who sail in her”. Upon those words a jeroboam of 2009 Rothschild white wine smashed against the bow of the ship.

The 92,400-ton, 2068-passenger Queen Elizabeth is the third new vessel for Cunard Line in six years and replaces the aforementioned QE2.

Stay tuned for more from the new Queen Elizabeth .

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