Cunard’s Queen Anne Named In Liverpool During Star-Studded Ceremony

Cunard’s Queen Anne Named In Liverpool During Star-Studded Ceremony

Cunard‘s newest ship, Queen Anne, has been officially named during a spectacular naming ceremony in the historic city of Liverpool!

After making her maiden call to the city at around 7am, tens of thousands of people gathered in anticipation along the waterfront to witness the iconic traditional ceremony, creating an electric atmosphere to celebrate the naming of Cunard’s 249th ship in style with the classic smashing of a champagne bottle against the vessel.

With Liverpool being the birthplace of Cunard’s first Transatlantic crossing 184 years ago, the city of Liverpool itself was also named as Godparent of Queen Anne during the ceremony- reflecting the cruise line’s long-lasting bond with its spiritual home.

“It’s an incredible honour for the City of Liverpool to be chosen as the Godparent of Queen Anne. This city shares a treasured bond with Cunard dating back to 1839 when we were the original home of the world-famous line. We will always cherish our long-standing relationship with Cunard.”

Andrew Lewis, Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council

Hosted by Busted musician, Matt Willis, and TV presenter, Emma Willis, the showstopping ceremony featured performances from the world-famous Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and more.

To honour the occasion, five Liverpool icons were invited by Cunard to represent the city and officially name Queen Anne as a result of their significant contributions to the culture of the city at a local, national and international level.

As distinguished woman who embody the heart and future of Liverpool (just as Queen Anne does for Cunard), these icons included former Spice Girl and author, Melanie C; broadcaster and community legend, Ngunan Adamu; local restaurant entrepreneur, Natalie Haywood; Liverpool music and cultural legend, Jayne Casey; and British Olympian heptathlon athlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

I would like to thank our Liverpool Icons, these amazing women, for representing the city and taking part in this historic ceremony and to all of the people of Liverpool for once again opening your hearts and welcoming Cunard and Queen Anne.

Katie McAlister, President of Cunard

To round off the event with a bang, operatic global superstar, Andrea Bocelli, ended the ceremony with an unforgettable performance his iconic song: ‘Time To Say Goodbye’.

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