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Kate Middleton prepares to christen Royal Princess cruise ship

June 11, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a service June 4 at Westminster Abbey in London to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The duchess is to christen a new ship on Thursday in Southampton, England.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a service June 4 at Westminster… (Anthony Devlin / Associated…)

Set your clock for early Thursday to watch Kate Middleton, everyone's favorite royal, christen a cruise ship in Britain.

The duchess of Cambridge, due to deliver her first child next month, had been selected as godmother to the new Royal Princess from Princess Cruises. At 3:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Middleton will be in Southampton, England, and ready to smash a bottle of Champagne on the bow of the ship. (Go to Princess Cruises to watch the live stream.)

The Duchess follows Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and others who have served as godmothers to ships in the Princess line. She also will bless the ship as part of her godmotherly duties.

British singer Natasha Bedingfield will perform during the event, and there will be plenty of pomp too with performances by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) and the pipers of the Irish Guards.

The new ship will hold 3,600 passengers and features a large piazza-style atrium that will serve as a gathering point, a glass-bottomed walkway on the top deck that extends 28 feet beyond the ship's edge, top deck pool with poolside cabanas and balconies on all outside staterooms.

The ship is to depart on Sunday for its maiden voyage, which will go to Barcelona, Spain. That will be followed by sailings from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean in the fall.
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