September 1, 2010 -

John Heald

There must be very few things that give Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth true pleasure. After all, she’s stuck with her job, endlessly waving and asking people “what do you do?”

We know she loves her family, her dogs and her well  love of horses and the countryside is well documented. And she loves the sea. I saw a documentary a few years ago that spoke of heartbreak when the Royal Yacht Britania ceased to be the Royal see escape and it was obvious from the clips just how much she loved being on the ocean.

She is a remarkable lady and some sandal wearing communists still question if there is a place for a Monarch in today’s society there is no doubt that she is respected and loved…..yes loved…………by most British people and by people across the globe. The Queen is in her eighties now yet she still carries out many public engagements. Some I am sure give her pleasure and some must I am sure are a little tedious and somewhat tiring.

Well, here’s one that won’t be and will combine her love of the sea and her love of the country she has reigned over for 58 years.

Her Majesty the Queen to Name Queen Elizabeth

1 September 2010 – Cunard Line is pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen will name the company’s new Queen Elizabeth, the third Cunard ship to bear the name, at a ceremony to take place in Southampton, England on Monday, 11 October 2010.

The naming will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be a major event of worldwide interest.

“The naming of a Cunard Queen is a very special occasion and this will be an historic event in the true sense of the word,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “The Queen launched Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and named our current flagship, Queen Mary 2, in 2004. We are both honoured and proud that Her Majesty will name our new liner, Queen Elizabeth,” added Shanks.

Her Majesty was also present at the age of 12 at the launch of the first Queen Elizabeth on 27 September 1938 when she accompanied her mother, Queen Elizabeth, to Clydebank for the launch.

The Naming Ceremony will take place in Southampton on Monday, 11 October and Queen Elizabeth will set sail on her Maiden Voyage the following day.

Other historic namings of Cunard ships by British royalty over the Line’s 170-year history include the following:

• Her Majesty The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, launched Caronia, the ‘Green Goddess,’ in 1947.

• Her Majesty Queen Mary, wife of King George V, launched Queen Mary in 1934 – and in so doing became the first British Monarch ever to launch a merchant ship. His Majesty King George V accompanied his wife.

• The late Queen Mother, as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, launched Queen Elizabeth in 1938. Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret accompanied their mother.

• HRH The Princess Margaret launched Carinthia in 1955.

• HRH The Duchess of Cornwall named Queen Victoria in Southampton in December 2007. HRH The Prince of Wales was also in attendance.

For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to http://queenelizabeth.cunard.com/.

There is some poignancy  Queen Elizabeth naming the ship that will carry her name, thousands of passengers and the proud flag of the United Kingdom. I say that because many years ago the Queen also named another vessel. She was the Godmother of the Empress of Britain which of course became the Carnivale.

Since Carnival Corporation became involved with Cunard the world’s most famous Ocean Liner company has been rejuvenated and one can only imagine just how proud Micky Arison must be today and how proud he and Peter Shanks will be standing next to the mother of all Godmothers as she names a ship that will carry the name of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and provide excitement and jaw dropping awe………….wherever she sails.

Hi, I’m John, and this is my blog. So please don’t mistake my opinions — or those of my dear friends, fans or commenters — for those of Carnival Cruise Line or Carnival Corporation. My apologies in advance for anything I may say that upsets you, but this disclaimer covers Carnival and puts the blame directly on me………….. bugger.