This morning, several people gathered at Southampton’s Town Quay to witness the naming ceremony of P&O Cruises’ new ship The Britannia, (see pictured) performed by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Her husband, HRH Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was also there, alongside Captain Paul Brown and Micky Arinson, Chairman of the Carnival Corporation.
The ceremony began at 11.15am with numerous marches and musical preludes, including a bagpipe remix of Queen’s We Will Rock You.
The cruise ship, which can hold up to 3,600 passengers and a further 1,500 crew members, docked last Friday afternoon.
Celebrity chefs known to be aboard the vessel include James Martin and Marco Pierre White.
Other facilities include a three-storey lounge area called The Starbust Atrium – P&O Cruises tweeted a picture of the interior a few days ago (see pictured).
The Britannia will be making its maiden voyage around the Western Mediterranean – Spain, France and Italy this coming Saturday.