Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 by Peter Knego
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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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.
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.
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.”
A bottle of wine smashed into the bow, the whistle blew and confetti filled the sky.
Within moments, HM the Queen was climbing back into her car and being whisked off in the royal motorcade for another engagement.