Duchess Versus PRINCESS: Up Close and Christened

Lisa Royall and MaritimeMatters’ UK-based contributor Peter Newall share some spectacular images taken during Princess Cruises’ ROYAL PRINCESS’ Southampton preview festivities yesterday.

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All photos by and copyright Lisa Royall 2013 unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 14, 2013

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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge applauds singer Natasha Beddingfield’s performance during the christening of Princess Cruises’ ROYAL PRINCESS.
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ROYAL PRINCESS’ Captain Tony Draper looks on as the Duchess is presented with the scissors that will cut a ribbon releasing a magnum of champagne into the bow of the massive ship at Southampton’s Ocean Terminal.
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Poised and yet perfunctory, the Duchess makes her short speech, “I name this ship ROYAL PRINCESS. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”
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The bottle breaks!
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The blue and white deluge.

Kudos to Peter Newall for supplying these fantastic images taken by Lisa Royall during the ROYAL PRINCESS naming ceremony!

Very special thanks:  Julie Benson, Karen Candy, Martin Cox, Peter Newall, Lisa Royall


Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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