On a magnificent day in Southampton under brilliant blue skies and billowy clouds, HM Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to the latest Cunard Line ship to bear the name QUEEN ELIZABETH.
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Fanfare Trumpeters Of The Irish Guards (foreground) and Massed Bands Of The Coldstream Guards and Scots Guards on the ship's docking wing.
Attendees gathered on specially built bleachers off the ship’s starboard bow as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus played in the shelter of a great canopy as the Fanfare Trumpeters Of The Irish Guards marched and played on a red platform.
The Queen's pennant on the radio mast.
Large video monitors showed live footage of the monarch touring the ship, including a visit to the bridge where she greeted officers and pressed the ship’s horn. She also paused to inspect the official portrait of herself commissioned specifically for the new Cunarder.
Highlights included vintage footage of the young princess and queen as she attended the launch of the first QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1938 and that of the QE2 in 1967. All attending guests stood as the queen’s motorcade drove into the pavilion area, returning to their seats once she was seated next to Carnival Corporation chairman Mickey Arison, owner of Cunard Line.
HM the Queen and dignitaries gathered to christen the ship.
Royal Godmother, HM Queen Elizabeth on the stand next to her new namesake ship.
Officers on the bridge watch as the queen invokes the ship.
The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, Lord Bishop of Winchester, blessed the ship and Cunard’s president, Peter Shanks, spoke and Captain Wells invited the queen to christen the ship with the traditional “I name this ship QUEEN ELIZABETH. May god bless her and all who sail in her.”
Horn blows and confetti flies as the new QUEEN ELIZABETH is named.
A bottle of wine smashed into the bow, the whistle blew and confetti filled the sky.
The Royal Bentley whisks HM the Queen off to her next engagement.
Within moments, HM the Queen was climbing back into her car and being whisked off in the royal motorcade for another engagement.