HM The Queen names P&O’s new ship Britannia

Her Majesty The Queen has named P&O’s new ship Britannia, the biggest ship ever built for the British market.


Credit: Steve Dunlop/P&O Cruises

At the naming ceremony in Southhampton today, Her Majesty The Queen named P&O’s new ship Britannia.

The Queen attended wearing a peach-coloured coat and dress and matching hat, with her husband HRH Prince Philip by her side. Her Majesty spoke a few words; “I name this ship Britannia. May God bless her and all who sail in her”, before smashing a bottle of Brut NV against the side of the ship. The wine came from the the Wiston Estate Winery in the South Downs, chosen in order to emphasise the British connection, against the side of the ship.

The naming ceremony was hosted by Welsh comedian Rob Brydon and included a performance by soprano Laura Wright. There was also a gala dinner hosted on board last night in celebration of the new ship, featuring a menu including Bourbon Whisky and Vanilla Cured Salmon by chef James Martin and Romney Salt Marsh Lamb Loin Dijonnaise by chef Marco Pierre White.

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