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Cunard Fleet Welcomes Royal Baby With Whistle Salute

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cunard Line | Michael Isenbek | May 03, 2015

Cunard Fleet Welcomes Royal Baby With Whistle Salute

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It’s a baby girl for Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, born May 2. To commemorate the royal birth, Cunard’s “Three Queens,” flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, sounded a simultaneous whistle salute on their foghorns, according to a company press release.

The cruise liners were already sailing side-by-side to Southampton, England to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the cruise line, arriving May 3.  

The three-ship sound-off followed “the time-honored Magpie rhyme beginning ‘One for sorrow, Two for joy,’ the fleet sounded their whistles three times in unison, ‘Three for a girl (Four for a boy)’,” according to the press release.

Christopher Rynd, Commodore of the Fleet and Master of Queen Victoria joined the cavalcade of well-wishers, stating,

“Cunard’s Three Queens are gathering in Southampton on Sunday to inaugurate the company’s 175 anniversary year in the UK. How wonderful to have the opportunity, at the same time, to celebrate the arrival of the new Royal baby girl, the fourth in line to the throne. On behalf of everyone at Cunard we would like to wish their Royal Highnesses all the happiness that a new arrival brings.”

According to CNN, the royal bundle of joy is healthy and meeting family members for the first time, but a name has not been chosen yet.

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