WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II Christens Britannia
Photo via YouTube
Clad in a pale peach suit and matching hat, Queen Elizabeth II christened P&O Cruises’ Britannia in Southampton, England, today.
You weren’t invited? Well, you don’t have to miss it. P&O Cruises posted a video of the entire ceremony, almost two hours long for those who want to revel in the pomp and circumstance. If you just want to cut to the queen, go to 1:32:37.
Or, for a short and sweet version, watch P&O’s highlight video on YouTube. It’s just a minute and 16 seconds.
Accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen didn’t say much, but what she said was the important part: “I name this ship Britannia. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”
She pushed a button that released a pulley, sending a huge bottle of British bubbly into the hull, where it smashed satisfyingly.
Britannia is the new flagship of P&O Cruises, the venerable British line that is part of the Carnival Corp. family. Built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the 144,000-ton ship has 1,837 cabins, of which 75 percent have a balcony, and can accommodate 4,324 passengers, double occupancy.
The ship has blue funnels and a stylized Union Jack painted onto the bow. Onboard features include The Cookery Club, a 24-person cooking school; a three-tier atrium with a patisserie, a charcuterie and gelateria; and The Limelight Club, a combined entertainment and dining venue in the tradition of the supper club.
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