Two Queens get together for a champagne bath

The newest Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth was named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in a spectacular ceremony in Southampton’s Ocean Terminal recently.

This naming ceremony marked the culmination of more than two years’ planning and building.  The ceremony involved thousands of dedicated workers who worked on the new ship, which is the second largest Cunard ship in the company’s history.

And the Queen Elizabeth’s dimensions are impressive.  With a weight of 92,000 tons, the ship is 964.5 feet (294 metres) in length and 106 feet (32.3 metres) wide.  The ship has a height of 179 feet (54.5 metres) and she can house 2,092 passengers on 12 decks.

The ceremony was opened by The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and The Bournemouth Symphony Chorus – conducted by Anthony Inglis, followed by The Massed Bands of the Coldstream Guards and Scots Guards, and The Fanfare Trumpeters of The Irish Guards.

Her Majesty The Queen visited the Bridge and sounded the ship’s whistle which was met with cheers from the Naming Ceremony Arena where guests were watching on screens.

Guests enjoyed further entertainment from Alexander Howard-Williams singing Jerusalem and Lesley Garrett CBE with a wonderful rendition of Amazing Grace.

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, Lord Bishop of Winchester blessed the ship with his prayers, and Captain Wells invited Her Majesty to perform the naming. As Her Majesty announced “I name this ship Queen Elizabeth, may God bless her and all who sail in her”, the bottle smashed against the hull and the crowds roared.

The ship will be based in Southampton, and her first voyages will be to the North Atlantic, the Baltic Sea, and a circumnavigation of the British Isles.

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