Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will christen the new Royal Princess cruise ship in Southampton, Britain, on June 13, sharing a distinction that at one time also went to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died this week.
The duchess, the wife of Prince William, also follows in her late mother-in-law's footsteps by playing the role of godmother of a ship. Princess Diana christened the original Royal Princess in 1984, also at Southampton.
Along with Diana and Thatcher, who christened the Regal Princess in 1991, Middleton shares the godmother distinction with actresses Olivia de Havilland, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn, who christened other Princess ships.
Middleton will be smashing the traditional Champagne bottle across the hull toward the end of her pregnancy. She reportedly told members of the media recently that the due date for the couple's first child is mid-July.