Video: Queen Elizabeth Names Queen Elizabeth Today In Southampton

Continuing a grand royal tradition, Her Majesty The Queen officially named Cunard Line‘s newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, today during a regal ceremony before more than 1,500 guests, celebrities and dignitaries.

“Today marks a milestone in British maritime history and the continuation of a longstanding tradition of Royal Namings of our Cunard Queens,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “Our grand celebration today reinforces Cunard’s renaissance as one of the oldest names in passenger shipping now operating the youngest fleet in the world.”

With a capacity of 2,068 guests and an estimated total cost $634 million, Queen Elizabeth features many unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sister ships and their predecessors, together with all the modern day luxuries Cunard’s guests have come to expect.

The new vessel features elegant double and triple height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, hand-woven carpets, gleaming chandeliers and cool marbles.

Art Deco features pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, reflecting The New Golden Age of Ocean Travel. She will depart on her sold-out Maiden Voyage on 12 October 2010.

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