Prince Charles to launch new Cunard liner

Cunard Line has
announced that Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall, will attend a ceremony in Southampton on December
10th to mark the introduction of Cunard’s new 90,000-ton liner
Queen Victoria.At this ceremony, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of
Cornwall will perform the naming of the ship.

This naming will be a milestone in both Cunard and British maritime
history, and will be a major event of worldwide interest, with over
2,000 VIP guests from around the globe in attendance at the prestigious

“This will be an historic occasion. We are most honoured that Their
Royal Highnesses have accepted our invitation and that Her Royal
Highness will name our newest Cunarder,” said Carol Marlow, president of
Cunard Line. “Every one of our Cunard Queens has been named by a member
of the Royal Family and we are therefore delighted that Queen Victoria
will follow in that tradition. In addition, this particular ceremony
will mark the beginning of a new era, as it will be the first time in
our 168-year history that we will have three Cunard Queens in service at
the same time,” added Marlow.

Queen Victoria will not only be a classic Cunard ocean liner, offering
the very best of Cunard heritage and traditions, but will also be the
second largest Cunarder the company has ever built. She will be in
Southampton for four days, during which time over 7,000 guests from
around the world will visit the ship. She will depart on her Maiden
Voyage on Tuesday December 11, 2007.