Kate Middleton is set to become godmother of Princess Cruises’ new ship. The Duchess of Cambridge will also name the new Royal Princess ship at a ceremony taking place at the Southampton docks in June.
The Duchess will attend the ceremony in Southampton on the 13th June 2013. The celebrations will include performances from the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, ending with the naming of the ship. The honour will see the Duchess follow in the footsteps of other royals such as Diana, Princess of Wales, who named the original Royal Princess ship back in 1984, and the Queen, who christened both the Queen Elizabeth in 2010 and the Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
“It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess, “ said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO at Princess Cruises. “We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company's British heritage and our commitment to the country.”
The Royal Princess will become Princess Cruises’ 16th ship in its fleet and will hold a maximum of 3,600 passengers. Unique features on-board the Royal Princess will include a glass-bottomed walkway over the sea, the largest pastry shop at sea, private poolside cabanas that give the illusion of floating on water and a chef’s table for private dining.
The ship will arrive at Southampton on Friday 7Th June, where a series of inaugural celebrations will take place concluding with the ships maiden voyage on the 16th June.