This wont be the first time the Queen has christened a cruise ship; she named both the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth for Cunard but this will be the first time she’s named a P&O ship since the Oriana in 1995.
Asking Royalty to name your cruise ship is a time honoured tradition dating back centuries but not all Cruise Lines seem to be as proficient at it as others. Take Royal Caribbean for instance. Not being able to get any real royalty they had to ask Princess Fiona (from Shrek!) to name Allure of the Seas back in 2010. It has to have annoyed P&O that they haven’t had any ‘real’ royalty since ’95 though.
Whilst P&O haven’t had to resort to fictional characters to name their ships it’s clear that ‘losing’ the Queen to Cunard must have hurt. So much so in fact than in 2008 P&O had Helen Mirren, flush from her Oscar winning role in The Queen , name the Ventura.
Now we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with Helen Mirren; we love Helen Mirren in fact! Winning an Oscar for playing a Queen is a poor substitute for a real Queen though.
What do you think:
For our money HM The Queen wins every time!
- She has the much better title – A Dame is all well and good but it cant compare to by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
- HM The Queen is a lot more experienced. Not only is she older, she’s also named more ships than Helen. We’re sure she named Ventura fine but for a ship like Britannia we’d want 100% guaranteed no mistakes – for that you want a professional Godmother!
What do you think? Helen or H.M The Queen? Who would have been your choice for Godmother?