Queen names Britannia at Southampton



The Queen visited Southampton on Tuesday to name P&O Ferries’ new cruise liner, Britannia.

Hundreds of invited guests saw the Queen bless the boat before launching a giant magnum of champagne in to the hull.

“I name this ship Britannia, may God bless her, and all who sail in her”.

Queen Elizabeth said.

The naming ceremony lasted for an hour, with host Rob Brydon highlighting the expense of the £500 million ship by saying “It’s a great honour for me to be here at this auspicious occasion for the naming of this beautiful ship, a ship on which an absolute fortune has been spent, which explains why there was no money left for a proper comedian.”

The ceremony was rounded off with performances from The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and also from the Strictly Come Dancing stars.

Britannia can hold 3,647 passengers and 1,350 crew members. It has an art collection worth over a £1 million, it weighs three times as much as the Eiffel Tower and it is longer than the London skyscraper the Shard is tall.

Britannia sets sail on her maiden voyage on March the 14th for a two-week cruise around the Mediterranean.

  3 comments for “Queen names Britannia at Southampton

  1. Graham Hunter
    March 13, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Great article Henry.
    She is a lovely ship. My wife and I went on board Saturday for a Black Tie event and went on a preview cruise on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
    She will provide many jobs in the area including Eastleigh. Our taxi driver from Eastleigh confirmed this today.

  2. Matthew Myatt
    March 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    P&O Ferries! Surely you mean P&O Cruises? 😉

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Sack the sub

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