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Independence of the Seas’ godmum named

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 18 - 2008

Freedom of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises International) Hip, hip, cheerio, and all that – Royal Caribbean has named Elizabeth Hill from Chesterfield in Derbyshire has been selected as godmother of Independence of the Seas, which arrives in Southampton on April 25. The naming ceremony takes place on April 30.

Hill was selected by a panel of judges including Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean , and Sir Steve Redgrave of the cruise line’s charity partner, the Steve Redgrave Fund, for her work with children and young people. Nominated by her daughter Alice aged 12, Hill set up a charity, the Gamelea Countryside Training Trust, based on a farm which helps young people with physical or learning disabilities and those who have failed in school and are in danger of social exclusion.

This is the first time a cruise line has bestowed the honor of godmother on a public British citizen. Previous Royal Caribbean godmothers include Lauren Bacall, Whoopi Goldberg, Steffi Graff and Queen Sonja of Norway.

Last month, Royal Caribbean announced a UK nationwide search for a godmother. The search generated more than 1,700 nominations. Godmother Elizabeth Hill will receive a decade of cruising for two with Royal Caribbean and will have a formal portrait of herself displayed on board the vessel.

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