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HM Queen Elizabeth Names QUEEN ELIZABETH

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 by

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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.

All photos by and copyright Peter Knego 2010 unless otherwise noted. Please click on image to view larger version.

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.

9 Responses to HM Queen Elizabeth Names QUEEN ELIZABETH

  1. John Pepper

    October 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Well Done Peter. Excellent photos and updates all around.

  2. JimMcKinstry

    October 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm


    Get it right. The monarchs are refered to HRH (His, Her Royal highness.

  3. Peter Knego

    October 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks, John! :)

    Jim, not sure I care for the tone of your comment but always do appreciate constructive, accurate criticism. It is easy to make mistakes when posting from various places, hurriedly, subject to spotty internet service, no sleep and general tiredness. In this case, however, if I am going down in flames for making a royal error, then I am happy to be in the company of a lot of good British friends and the official website of the British monarchy which refers to Queen Elizabeth as HM: http://www.royal.gov.uk/HMTheQueen/HMTheQueen.aspx

  4. Phil Colebrook

    October 12, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Thanks, Peter. A nice summary of the event. Time for a nice tapestry of it!

  5. Kenneth Eden

    October 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Queen Elizabeth is introduced as Her Majesty the Queen before the crowd for the naming ceremony, go to we are cunard blog, see and HEAR for yourself.

    Thank you Peter for a fine job, as always, for the wonderful presentatin of the events for the new Queen Elizabeth.

  6. Martin Cox

    October 12, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Peter has it correct Jim. British Monarchs are never referred to as HRH, only as HM (His or Her Majesty) – Martin Cox

  7. Bob Durino

    October 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    So Peter:

    Next time just refer to HM as “Queenie”.

    On another matter: the Vista hull is a hybrid with superior seakeeping. The QV and QE, according to Cunard have been strengthed in order to meet sea conditions a line haul vessel (QE2) woud meet. I have researched this topic up and down the internet and I cannot get a satisfactory answer.

    Why is the Vista hull better? What did Cunard do to strengthen the hull. Pictures of QV plowing into North Atlantic swells does not confidence inspire.

  8. Croix Picoriello

    October 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    As a crew member on QV, I can only give you a subjective opinion about the “strength of the vista hull, reinforcements” QV held the water pretty well over all. She is pretty stable with regards to rolling movements overall. She does however kind of crash right into the water with her short bows and while she seems sturdy, it can be a nerve-wracking experience if you are in the crewbar or even the Royal Court theatre during those rough spots. It sometimes sounds as if the anchors are going to come right thru the bulkheads.

    The other thought I will leave with you, is that IF they are indeed strengthened to do a “liner run” why is it taking them 8 days to cross the atlantic in january? In 2008, she was up to deck 6 or 7 in the water and rode out so high you could see daylight under her keel. QE2, bounced around abit, but I think it was due to the slow speed we were maintaining to keep up with QV.

    At certain points on the World Cruise 2009, we were doing about 8-11 knots on the transatlantic portion.


  9. Joseph Sturges

    October 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for bringing to us a bit of maritime history we otherwise would not have been privy to. Keep up the splendid work!!! We enjoy it immensely.

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