The Queen to Name New Ocean Liner In Southampton


The Queen will be officially christening a £365m ocean liner, “Queen Elizabeth”, at Southampton Port on Monday afternoon.

Her Majesty will break a champagne bottle against her namesake ship at the official ceremony before it sets sail on its maiden voyage for the Canary Islands the following day.

Thousands are expected to watch the spectacle which will also be shown on a big screen in Guildhall Square from 3.30pm on Monday.

Built for the famous Cunard Shipping Company, the “Queen Elizabeth” weighs 90 000 tonnes and is 965 feet long. On board will be 141 chefs and two orchestras.

The vessel arrived in Southampton on Friday and the City Council has been laying on many nautical events over the weekend.


Mike is the Editor of the Wessex Scene for 2011/2012 after fulfilling the role of Features Editor in 2010/2011. Apart from taking charge of the ever-expanding Scene, Mike enjoys writing for a broad range of the sections, though his heart truly lies in reporting and Features.

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