Photos of the Britannia naming ceremony

P&O Cruises’ Britannia was officially named today by Her Majesty The Queen in a spectacular event.

Rob Brydon hosted the event which saw a number of performances from a variety of entertainers before Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at the ceremony. The Queen officially named the cruise ship Britannia and then triggered the release of a Nebuchadnezzar of English Sparkling Wine, sourced from the Wiston Estate Winery in West Sussex, which then smashed against the hull of the ship. Here is a selection of photos showcasing the key event highlights.

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Host Rob Brydon, star of the current P&O Cruises’ television adverts, led the ceremony
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The Regimental Band of the Irish Guards
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The Band of HM Royal Marines
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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers warmed up the morning and got the crowd clapping
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A performance by Strictly Come Dancing stars followed
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Her Majesty The Queen then arrived to formally name Britannia
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The bottle of English Sparkling Wine poised ready
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The bottle successfully smashed against the hull
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A confetti display then followed the official naming of the ship
Her Majesty the Queen then enjoyed a brief tour of Britannia, here meeting celebrity chefs (from left to right) Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Olly Smith and Atul Kochhar
The Queen observed the Atrium with its iconic Star Burst art sculpture
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have their photograph taken with key members of the ship staff
The Queen on the bridge of Britannia meeting a selection of crew members

(Photo credit to P&O Cruises / Steve Dunlop / James Morgan / John Honeywell)